Theologian of the Month: Gustavo Gutiérrez
The Idea This month in my church (New Life Baptist Church, Guildford) I introduced ‘Theologian of the Month’. This will be a regular feature of our life together as an experiment for a few months. It is hoped that it will help members of all ages think about their personal faith as well as learn… Continue reading
An Exploration of the Spirituality of Gustavo Gutiérrez Part 6
In this last post of six we draw some conclusions regarding Gutiérrez’s spirituality. Conclusions: Strengths, Weaknesses and Legitimacy With regard to biblical interpretation, Gutiérrez and other liberation theologians should be commended for some of their insights into socio-political aspects of Scripture. However, Gutiérrez’s prior commitment to critical reflection on the plight of the poor produces a… Continue reading
An Exploration of the Spirituality of Gustavo Gutiérrez Part 5
In this 5th post we consider the third and fourth principles of Gutiérrez’s spirituality that we identified in the 2nd post. Can Socio-Critical Tools Produce ‘Critical Thinking’? Having questioned the role of Marx’s concept of praxis in Gutiérrez’s spirituality we now turn to the use of socio-critical tools such as Marxist hermeneutical suspicion. Liberation theologies, including… Continue reading
An Exploration of the Spirituality of Gustavo Gutiérrez Part 4
In this post we examine the second of the four themes of the spirituality of Gustavo Gutiérrez that we identified in the 2nd post. What are the Implications of Placing Praxis Ahead of Text? Given that liberation theology ‘evolved in protest against the inability in Western church and missionary circles, both Catholic and Protestant, to grapple with… Continue reading
An Exploration of the Spirituality of Gustavo Gutiérrez Part 3
In this 3rd post we examine the first of the four themes of the spirituality of Gustavo Gutiérrez that we identified in the 2nd post. Is Gutiérrez’s Biblical Interpretation Legitimate? As Vanhoozer reminds us: ‘Perhaps no twentieth-century philosophers have done more on behalf of hermeneutics than Hans-Georg Gadamer and Paul Ricoeur’. Both are inextricably linked to… Continue reading
An Exploration of the Spirituality of Gustavo Gutiérrez Part 2
In this second post we identify and explore 4 key principles of Gutiérrez’s spirituality. Principle One: The Use of Key Biblical Texts as Paradigmatic for Socio-Political Liberation Escobar’s observation is surely correct, although somewhat polemical: ‘the Vatican II Council brought to Roman Catholicism the novelty of placing Scripture back at the heart of the theological… Continue reading
An Exploration of the Spirituality of Gustavo Gutiérrez Part 1
“Philosophers have only interpreted the world in various ways; the point is, to change it.” Karl Marx, Thesis on Feuerbach Introduction The task of evaluating Gutiérrez’s spirituality is a demanding one because it immediately raises a number of questions, including: What do we mean by spirituality? How much overlap is there between someone’s spirituality and… Continue reading
Musing on Hermeneutics and Biblical Interpretation
Over the next few weeks I will be posting a short article each week on hermeneutics, or biblical interpretation. My interest in the Psalms is part of a broader interest in hermeneutics, so it is not a radical departure from what has gone before. But why a focus on hermeneutics? There are so many issues… Continue reading
This blog’s central aim is to explore all aspects of how the Psalter (the biblical psalms) functions as Scripture today.
To this end it will also include book reviews on the Book of Psalms and related topics.
Some posts will reflect more broadly on biblical interpretation or hermeneutics.
If you like what you see here and want to arrange for me to give a lecture, run a teaching event or a short retreat based around The Psalms then contact me so we can discuss how this might work.