27 January 2010

Book: Bearing the Weight of Salvation: The Soteriology of Ignacio Ellacuría

Michael E. Lee, "Bearing the Weight of Salvation: The Soteriology of Ignacio Ellacuría" (Crossroad Publishing, April 2009), with a foreword by Gustavo Gutiérrez:


Publisher's description: "Exploring the nature of Christian salvation, known as soteriology, and its relation to Christian action, this insightful account thoroughly discusses theologian and martyr Ignacio Ellacuría's perspectives on the character of Christian discipleship and controversies over liberation theology. Recognizing philosophical, Christological, and ecclesiological dimensions, the volume carefully analyzes the complexities of topics that include praxis as real discipleship, transforming realities and contesting orthodoxies, and the impact of Ellacuría's theological legacy."

Endorsements: "The outstanding work of Michael Lee goes to the source of Ellacuría's thought and, from there, tackles its different elements. He says with precision, 'This book takes [the] meeting of Ellacuría's martyrdom and apologetics as its starting point.' And so it is." (Gustavo Gutiérrez, University of Notre Dame)

"This book has numerous virtues, perhaps foremost among them that of making a difficult author, whose work has not been fully translated, accessible to an Anglophone readership. ... Will richly reward anyone interested in what the next generation of liberation theologians, in Latin and North America, will look like." (J. Matthew Ashley, University of Notre Dame)

Michael E. Lee is Assistant Professor of Systematic Theology at Fordham University.

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