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A Feature Review of

In the Company of the Poor:
Conversations with Dr. Paul Farmer and Fr. Gustavo Gutiérrez


Michael Griffin and Jennie Weiss Black, Editors
Paperback, Orbis Books, 2013
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Reviewed by James Stambaugh

 

The official story of liberation theology is that its time has come and gone; that it was a crypto-Marxist movement which fizzled out long ago; a relic of the social upheavals of the 1960s and 70s.

Readers of In the Company of the Poor: Conversations with Dr. Paul Farmer and Fr. Gustavo Gutiérrez must conclude, however, that the official story is wrong.  Liberation theology never fizzled out.  It stands to this day in a tradition that extends back to the teachings of Jesus.  In some ways the book is a tribute to, and a retrospective of the authors’ lives and work, but it also effectively argues for the vitality and relevance of liberation theology today.

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