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