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". . . to give his people the knowledge of salvation through the forgiveness of their sins because of the tender mercy of our God, by which the rising sun will come to us from heaven . . ."    - Luke ; Luke 1.77-78


"And to enable us to serve him without fear in holiness and righteousness before him all our days."    - Luke ; Luke 1.74-75


"To show mercy to our ancestors and to remember his holy covenant, the oath he swore to our father Abraham: to rescue us from the hand of our enemies."    - Luke ; Luke 1.72-74


"He has raised up a horn of salvation for us in the house of his servant David 70 (as he said through his holy prophets of long ago), salvation from our enemies and from the hand of all who hate us."    - Luke ; Luke 1.69-71


"Praise be to the Lord, the God of Israel, because he has come to his people and redeemed them."    - Luke ; Luke 1.68


"He has helped his servant Israel, remembering to be merciful to Abraham and his descendants forever, just as he promised our ancestors.”     - Luke ; Luke 1.54-55


"He has filled the hungry with good things, but has sent the rich away empty."    - Luke ; Luke 1.53


"He has brought down rulers from their thrones, but has lifted up the humble."    - Luke ; Luke 1.52


"He has performed mighty deeds with his arm; he has scattered those who are proud in their inmost thoughts."    - Luke ; Luke 1.51


"He has brought down rulers from their thrones but has lifted up the humble."    - Luke ; Luke 1.52


"His mercy extends to those who revere him, from generation to generation."    - Luke ; Luke 1.50


"From now on all generations will call me blessed, for the Mighty One has done great things for me—holy is his name."    - Luke ; Luke 1.48-49


"And Mary said: 'My soul glorifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has been mindful of the humble state of his servant.'"    - Luke ; Luke 1.46-48


"Remember that you were slaves in Egypt and that the LORD your God brought you out of there with a mighty hand and an outstretched arm. Therefore the LORD your God has commanded you to observe the Sabbath day."    - Torah Redactors ; Deuteronomy 5.15


"I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of Egypt so that you would no longer be slaves to the Egyptians; I broke the bars of your yoke and enabled you to walk with heads held high."    - Torah Redactors ; Leviticus 26.13


"Poverty is not caused by fate; it is caused by the actions of those whom the prophet condemns."    - Gustavo Gutiérrez ; A Theology of Liberation: 15th Anniversary Edition (p. 166)


"To paraphrase a well-known text of Pascal, we can say that all the political theologies, the theologies of hope, of revolution, and of liberation, are not worth one act of genuine solidarity with exploited social classes. They are not worth one act of faith, love, and hope, committed—in one way or another—in active participation to liberate humankind from everthing that dehumanizes it and prevents it from living according to the will of the Father."    - Gustavo Gutiérrez ; A Theology of Liberation: 15th Anniversary Edition


"You see, there's an immediate relationship between God, oppression, liberation: God is in the poor who cry out. And God is the one who listens to the cry and liberates, so that the poor no longer need to cry out.”    - Mev Puleo ; The Struggle Is One: Voices and Visions of Liberation


"We struggle by rendering operative the force of love in the battle of liberation. Active nonviolence is a response, a step forward (whether the world realizes it or not) that is based on the gospel. Nonviolence is a way of answering evil and injustice with truth, and hate with love. For truth and love are the weapons of the spirit in the face of repression. Nonviolence is not passivity or conformism. It is a spirit and a method. It is a spirit of prophecy, for it denounces all sundering of a community of brothers and sisters and proclaims that this community can only be rebuilt through love. And it is a method — an organized set of ruptures in the civil order so as to disturb the system responsible for the injustices we see around us. Here we see the power of the dispossessed, the weapon of the poor. The struggle, then, will be the people’s struggle. Here is participation indeed. Here is no elitist contest, no partisan struggle. The means will include boycotts, strikes, noncooperation, civil disobedience, hunger strikes, and many other actions."
   - Adolfo Perez Esquivel ; Christ in a Poncho


"He has sent me . . . to set the oppressed free."    - Jesus ; Luke 4.18


"The goal is not only better living conditions, a radical change of structures, a social revolution; it is much more: the continuous creation, never ending, of a new way to be human, a permanent cultural revolution."    - A Theology of Liberation: 15th Anniversary Edition ; Gustavo Gutierrez


"The fact remains that those on the peripheries will have 'eyes to see' many things that those at the center do not."    - Ched Myers ; Binding the Strong Man: a political reading of Mark's story of Jesus


"It used to be called mercy, then charity, then commitment; today it is called solidarity. To give food to the hungry... drink to the thirsty... clothing to the naked... shelter to the homeless... and to welcome the stranger are actions so basic that at the end of time we shall have to render an account of them. It is a work of concrete, authentic love for the poor that is not possible apart from a certain integration into their world and apart from bonds of real friendship with those who suffer despoliation and injustice. The solidarity is not with ‘the poor’ in the abstract but with human beings of flesh and bone. Without love and affection, without — why not say it? — tenderness, there can be no true gesture of solidarity."
   - Gustavo Gutierrez ; We Drink From Our Own Wells


"We seem to have picked up the idea that holiness is a trance-like sense of peace and well-being in relation to those all around, an experience of floating on a magic carpet of tranquility. Wherever that picture of holiness came from, it certainly wasn't Mark's Gospel. Jesus is constantly having heated debates with everyone who held Israel in check. The one thing everyone seems to agree on today is that there's plenty wrong with the world. There are only two responses to this—either go and put it right yourself, or, if you can't, make life pretty uncomfortable for those who can until they do. When we take stock of our relationship with the powerful, we ask ourselves, 'Does the shape of my life reflect my longing to see God set people free, and do I challenge those who keep others in slavery?"    - Sam Wells ; Introuction to Binding the Strong Man: a political reading of Mark's story of Jesus by Ched Myers


"Pilate’s procession displayed not only imperial power, but also Roman imperial theology. According to this theology, the emperor was not simply the ruler of Rome, but the Son of God."    - Marcus Borg and John Dominic Crossan ; The Last Week


"The blasphemy resulting from bad apologetics will always be pardonable . . . What is not pardonable is using theology to turn real human liberation into something odious. The real sin against the Holy Spirit is refusing to recognize, with 'theological' joy, some concrete liberation that is taking place before one's very eyes."    - Juan Luis Segundo ; Capitalism Versus Socialism: Crux Theologica


"Present events form part of our own universe and demand of the individual a personal decision, a rejection of every kind of complicity with executioners, a straightforward solidarity, an uncompromising denunciation of evil, a prayer of commitment."
   - Gustavo Gutierrez ; We Drink From Our Own Wells


“My son, the Holy Church is on the right, but Jesus Christ was always on the left.”    - Isabel Allende ; The House of the Spirits


"There has been a tendency to isolate the cross from the historical course that led Jesus to it by virtue of his conflicts with those who held political religious power. In this way the cross has been turned into nothing more than a paradigm of the suffering to which all human beings are subject insofar as they are limited beings. This has given rise to a mys- tique of suffering rather than to a mystique of following Jesus, whose historical career led to the historical cross."    - Jon Sobrino ; Christology at the Crossroads


"In the final analysis, poverty means death: lack of food and housing, the inability to attend properly to health and education needs, the exploitation of workers, permanent unemployment, the lack of respect for one's human dignity, and unjust limitations placed on personal freedom in the areas of self-expression, politics, and religion."    - A Theology of Liberation: 15th Anniversary Edition ; Gustavo Gutierrez


"To rescue us from the hand of our enemies, and to enable us to serve him without fear in holiness and righteousness before him all our days."    - Luke ; Luke 1.74-75


"The point is not that Jesus was a good guy who accepted everybody, and thus we should do the same (though that would be good). Rather, his teachings and behavior reflect an alternative social vision. Jesus was not talking about how to be good and how to behave within the framework of a domination system. He was a critic of the domination system itself."    - Marcus J. Borg ; The God We Never Knew: Beyond Dogmatic Religion to a More Authentic Contemporary Faith


"To suggest that [Jesus] was speaking of a 'spiritual' liberation fails to take seriously Jesus’ thoroughly Hebrew view of human nature."    - James H. Cone ; A Black Theology of Liberation


"It is my contention that Christianity is essentially a religion of liberation. The function of theology is that of analyzing the meaning of that liberation for the oppressed so they can know that their struggle for political, social, and economic justice is consistent with the gospel of Jesus Christ. Any message that is not related to the liberation of the poor in a society is not Christ’s message. Any theology that is indifferent to the theme of liberation is not Christian theology."    - James H. Cone ; A Black Theology of Liberation - Fortieth Anniversary Edition


"Anyone who claims to be fighting against the problem of oppression and does not analyze the exploitive role of capitalism is either naive or an agent of the enemies of freedom."      - James H. Cone ; A Black Theology of Liberation


“So we speak of a Black God, Mother God, Worker God. This de-mystifies what's been passed on to us! In our process of organization and liberation of our people, it's important to meet a God who is more like us.”    - Silvia Regina de Lima Silva quoted by Mev Puleo ; The Struggle Is One: Voices and Visions of Liberation


"If you really wish to defend human rights . . .  guarantee that your government will not intervene directly or indirectly, by military, economic, diplomatic, or other pressures, in determining the destiny of the Salvadoran people. It would be unjust and deplorable for foreign powers to intervene and frustrate the Salvadoran people, to repress them and keep them from deciding autonomously the economic and political course that our nation should follow."
   - Archbishop Romero ; Quoted by Brockman in The Word Remains: A Life of Oscar


"The poor of this world—the Galilee of today—are where we encounter the historical Jesus and where he is encountered as liberator."    - Jon Sobrino ; Jesus the Liberator


"We might even go so far as to say, that the theology of Liberation can be understood only by two groupings of persons: the poor, and those who struggle for justice at their side—only by those who hunger for bread, and by those who hunger for justice in solidarity with those hungering for bread. Conversely, liberation theology is not understood, nor can it be understood, by the satiated and satisfied—by those comfortable with the status quo."    - Leonardo and Clodovis Boff ; Liberation Theology


"I intended to show that nonviolence will be effective, but not until it has achieved the massive dimensions, the disciplined planning, and the intense commitment of a sustained, direct-action movement of civil disobedience on the national scale. The dispossessed of this nation — the poor, both white and black — live in a cruelly unjust society. They must organize a revolution against that injustice, not against the lives of the persons who are their fellow citizens, but against the structures through which the society is refusing to take means which have been called for, and which are at hand, to lift the load of poverty."
   - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. ; The Trumpet of Conscience


"And the teachers of the law who came down from Jerusalem said, 'He is possessed by Beelzebul! By the prince of demons he is driving out demons.' So Jesus called them over to him and began to speak to them in parables: 'How can Satan drive out Satan? If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand.  If a house is divided against itself, that house cannot stand. And if Satan opposes himself and is divided, he cannot stand; his end has come. In fact, no one can enter a strong man’s house without first tying him up. Then he can plunder the strong man’s house.'"    - Gospel of Mark ; Mark 3:22-27


“But the poor person does not exist as an inescapable fact of destiny. His or her existence is not politically neutral, and it is not ethically innocent. The poor are a by-product of the system in which we live and for which we are responsible. They are marginalized by our social and cultural world. They are the oppressed, exploited proletariat, robbed of the fruit of their labor and despoiled of their humanity. Hence the poverty of the poor is not a call to generous relief action, but a demand that we go and build a different social order.”    - Gustavo Gutiérrez ; A Theology of Liberation: 15th Anniversary Edition


"The Glory of God is a poor person who lives."    - Jon Sobrino ; Jesus the Liberator


"Christian theology is never just a rational study of the being of God. Rather it is a study of God’s liberating activity in the world, God’s activity in behalf of the oppressed."    - James H. Cone ; A Black Theology of Liberation


"Learn to do good; seek justice, rescue the oppressed, defend the orphan, plead for the widow."    - Isaiah ; Isaiah 1:17 


"What has the gospel to do with the oppressed of the land and their struggle for liberation? Any theologian who fails to place that question at the center of his or her work has ignored the essence of the gospel."    - James H. Cone ; God of the Oppressed


"Christ asks us not to fear persecution, because — believe me, brothers and sisters — whoever has cast his or her lot with the poor will have to endure the same fate as the poor, and in El Salvador we know what the fate of the poor is: to disappear, to be tortured, to be a prisoner, to be found dead."
   - Archbishop Oscar Romero ; The Word Remains: A Life of Oscar Romero


"From this standpoint, Latin American theology examine the question of God from the origins of present-day Latin America. 'Millions of human beings were sacrificed on the altar of gold and silver. God and silver became the new gods.' Leonardo Boff, analyzing what happened five hundred years ago asks: 'Why so much violence? . . . Only to enable the Christians to achieve 'their basic goal which is gold.'' and this is the basic thesis of Gustavo Gutierrez's book Dios o el moro en las Indias (God or gold in the Indes). Then it was called gold, today it has more sophisticated names, but its results are the same. The same history is repeated with new protagonists."    - Jon Sobrino ; Jesus the Liberator


“The denunciation of injustice implies the rejection of the use of Christianity to legitimize the established order.”     - Gustavo Gutiérrez ; A Theology of Liberation: 15th Anniversary Edition


"As we gather at tables, grieving the state of our nation, may we gain spiritual strength for the journey ahead, drawing on the deepest wells of wisdom from those on whose shoulders we stand and the various faith traditions that have fueled their freedom march and continue to energize ours. In the spirit of Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel and Dr. King, may the pioneers of the civil rights movement collaborate with the young leaders in Ferguson, New York City and other cities, and may they impart their knowledge and understanding of nonviolent resistance that is not passive, but is spiritually active with an abiding faith that the universe is on the side of justice, and that, in the end, love will triumph over evil. May this spiritual strength, fueled by prophetic fire and love, reveal to us our neighbors’ humanity, our own complicity in their suffering and liberate us once and for all from the history that continues to enslave us."    - Peter Heltzel and Cornel West ; A Thanksgiving Prayer


"It is true, if surprising, that those who accept historical crosses in the most radical way and make the least attempt to glorify them, those who least get used to them and least accept 'cheap' answers to the question of theodicy, are the ones who most seriously commit themselves to suppressing historical crosses."    - Jon Sobrino ; Jesus the Liberator


"God is present in the poor of this world."    - Jon Sobrino ; Jesus the Liberator


"Liberation theologies including Christian feminists, charge that the experience out of which Christian theology has emerged is not universal experience but the experience of the dominant culture . . . liberationists therefore, propose that theology must emerge out of particular experiences of the oppressed people of God."    - Jacquelyn Grant ; White Women’s Christ and Black Women’s Jesus


"Theology as developed in Europe and America is limited when it approaches the majority of human beings."    - Jacquelyn Grant ; White Women’s Christ and Black Women’s Jesus


“Charity is today a 'political charity.'. . . it means the transformation of a society structured to benefit a few who appropriate to themselves the value of the work of others. This transformation ought to be directed toward a radical change in the foundation of society, that is, the private ownership of the means of production.”    - Gustavo Gutiérrez ; A Theology of Liberation: 15th Anniversary Edition


“If there is no friendship with them [the poor] and no sharing of the life of the poor, then there is no authentic commitment to liberation, because love exists only among equals.”    - Gustavo Gutiérrez ; A Theology of Liberation: 15th Anniversary Edition


"He has filled the hungry with good things, and sent the rich away empty."    - Luke ; Luke 1.53


“'Spirit! are they yours?' Scrooge could say no more. 'They are Man’s,' said the Spirit, looking down upon them. 'And they cling to me, appealing from their fathers. This boy is Ignorance. This girl is Want. Beware them both, and all of their degree; but most of all beware this boy [Ignorance], for on his brow I see that written which is Doom, unless the writing be erased. Deny it!' cried the Spirit, stretching out its hand towards the city. 'Slander those who tell it ye! Admit it for your factious purposes, and make it worse! And bide the end!'"
   - The Ghost of Christmas Present ; A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens


"He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, 'Quiet! Be still!' Then the wind died down and it was completely calm.  He said to his disciples, 'Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?'  They were terrified and asked each other, 'Who is this? Even the wind and the waves obey him!'    - Gospel of Mark ; Mark 4:39-41


"To be captive to the way things are, to resist criticism and change, to brutally suppress efforts at humanization—is to be bypassed by the grace of God."    - Ched Myers ; Binding the Strong Man: a political reading of Mark's story of Jesus


"There is perhaps no expression more traditionally misunderstood than Jesus' invitation to these workers to become 'fishers of men' (Mark 1:17). This metaphor, despite the grand old tradition of missionary interpretation, does not refer to the 'saving of souls,' as if Jesus were conferring upon these men instant evangelist status. Rather, the image is carefully chosen from Jeremiah 16:16, where it is used as a symbol of Yahweh's censure of Israel. Elsewhere the 'hooking of fish' is an euphemism for judgment upon the rich (Amos 4:2) and powerful (Ezekiel 29:4). Taking this mandate for his own, Jesus is inviting common folk to join him in his struggle to overturn the existing order of power and privilege."    - Ched Myers ; Binding the Strong Man: a political reading of Mark's story of Jesus


"And Jesus said to them, 'Follow me, and I will make you become fishers of men.'"    - Mark ; Mark 1.17


"But I will put hooks in your jaws and make the fish of your streams stick to your scales. I will pull you out from among your streams, with all the fish sticking to your scales."    - Ezekiel ; Ezekiel 29.4


"The Sovereign LORD has sworn by his holiness: 'The time will surely come when you will be taken away with hooks, the last of you with fishhooks.'"    - Amos ; Amos 4.2


"There is clearly a noticeable resemblance between the situation here in Latin America and that in which Jesus lived . . . [but it] does not lie solely in the objective conditions of poverty and exploitation . . . [but also] in the cognizance that is taken of the situation."    - Jon Sobrino ; Christology at the Crossroads


"The ancient Mediterranean world was dominated by the rule of imperial Rome. However, whereas I read from the center, Mark wrote from the Palestinian periphery. His primary audience were those whose daily lives bore the exploitative weight of colonialism, whereas mine are those who are in a position of enjoy the privileges of the colonizer.  In this sense, Third World liberation theologians, who today also write from the perspective of the collided periphery have the advantage of a certain 'affinity of site' in their reading of the Gospels."    - Ched Myers ; Binding the Strong Man: a political reading of Mark's story of Jesus


"Meeting Ched and reading Binding the Strong Man opened my eyes to the way in which the Gospels have been so completely domesticated for almost 2000 years by the culture of domination. Rather, they embody the radical word of God's liberation that comforts the poor, emboldens the prophets and causes 'the tyrants to tremble sick with fear.'"    - Jeff Dietrich ; Introuction to Binding the Strong Man: a political reading of Mark's story of Jesus by Ched Myers


"As for the first chasm, this book stands apart from academic commentaries in its fundamental commitment to contemporary practice of radical discipleship, and the place of Mark's Gospel vis-à-vis that practice.  I accept the axiom of liberation theology that practice must lie on either side of reflection."    - Ched Myers ; Binding the Strong Man


"I would like to make an appeal in a special way to the men of the army, and in particular to the ranks of the National Guard, of the police, to those in the barracks. Brothers, you are part of our own people. You kill your own campesino brothers and sisters. And before an order to kill that a man may give, the law of God must prevail that says: Thou shalt not kill! No soldier is obliged to obey an order against the law of God. No one has to fulfill an immoral law. It is time to recover your consciences and to obey your consciences rather than the orders of sin. The church, defender of the rights of God, of the law of God, of human dignity, the dignity of the person, cannot remain silent before such abomination. We want the government to take seriously that reforms are worth nothing when they come about stained with so much blood. In the name of God, and in the name of this suffering people whose laments rise to heaven each day more tumultuous, I beg you, I ask you, I order you in the name of God: stop the repression!"
   - Archbishop Oscar Romero ; The Word Remains: A Life of Oscar Romero


Here I should say that the person who had the most impact on my life at that time, by his way of living his Christianity, was Martin Luther King, Jr. I carried a little picture of him with me. There were photos of him on the walls of my room. I looked at Martin Luther King as a very special human being — someone very consistent. I’d taken steps to get him to visit Chile before I came back to the United States, and he’d accepted, but he didn’t make it. He was killed. I always thought of Martin Luther King as a kind of reproach to myself, because I was so afraid to follow in his footsteps. I looked on him as a guide, as a standard.
   - Miguel D’Escoto ; Quoted in Ministers of God, Ministers of the People.


"To question and rebel means to organize resistance. What we need now and what we will need in the coming years is a broad, comprehensive resistance movement against militarism, a movement that includes members of every political grouping from the center to the left. We have to take up the cause of peace, take sides with life, interfere nonviolently and illegally. I think we can learn the most for our purposes from the liberation struggles in the Third World. I have been given a leaflet from the resistance movement in Chile, a leaflet that can be distributed there only at the risk of one’s life. These Chileans are reflecting on their situation, on what it means to live under a dictatorship and what is happening to them as a result. I think we can adopt a great deal of what they say, for they say: ‘Rebel! Don’t cooperate with death! Choose life!’ They also say: ‘Don’t let them steal away your soul! Amen!’"
   - Dorothee Sölle ; Of War and Love


"We in the West must bear in mind that the poor countries are poor primarily because we have exploited them through political or economic colonialism. Americans in particular must help their nation repent of her modern economic imperialism. But movements in our countries alone will not be enough. In Latin America, for example, national reform movements have almost despaired of nonviolent methods; many young men, even many priests, have joined guerrilla movements in the hills. So many of Latin America’s problems have roots in the United States of America that we need to form a solid, united movement, nonviolently conceived and carried through, so that pressure can be brought to bear on the capital and government power structures concerned, from both sides of the problem at once. I think that may be the only hope for a nonviolent solution in Latin America today; and one of the most powerful expressions of nonviolence may come out of that international coalition of socially aware forces, operating outside government frameworks."
   - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. ; The Trumpet of Conscience


"The faith and courage of the members of our communities in the face of threats, misunderstandings, and persecution for justice’ sake are sustained and strengthened by the support each individual gives the others, by the support each community gives the others, by our very struggle and activity, by meditation on the word of God, and by the recollection of the witness given by those who have struggled for justice."
   - Gustavo Gutierrez ; We Drink From Our Own Wells


We regard ourselves as guilty for keeping silence in the face of the events agitating our country. In the face of repression, detentions, the economic crisis, the loss of jobs by so many workers, murders and tortures, we have kept silent as though we did not belong to that world. The cowardice that keeps silent in the face of the sufferings of the poor and that offers any number of adroit justifications represents an especially serious failure.
   - Gustavo Gutierrez ; We Drink From Our Own Wells


As a pastor and as a Salvadoran citizen, I am deeply grieved that the organized sector of our people continues to be massacred merely for taking to the street in orderly fashion to petition for justice and liberty. I am sure that so much blood and so much pain caused to the families of so many victims will not be in vain. It is blood and pain that will water and make fertile new and continually more numerous seeds — Salvadorans who will awaken to the responsibility they have to build a more just and human society — and that will bear fruit in the accomplishment of the daring, urgent, and radical structural reforms that our nation needs. The cry for liberation of this people is a shout that rises up to God and that nothing and no one can now stop.
   - Archbishop Oscar Romero ; The Word Remains: A Life of Oscar Romero


[A Theology of Liberation] is a theological reflection born of the experience of shared efforts to abolish the current unjust situation and to build a different society, freer and more human.        - Gustavo Gutierrez ; A Theology of Liberation: 15th Anniversary Edition


Theology as critical reflection on historical praxis is a liberating theology, a theology of the liberating transformation of the history of humankind and also therefore that part of humankind—gathered into ecclesia—which openly confesses Christ. This is a theology which does not stop with reflecting on the world, but rather tries to be part of the process through which the world is transformed.    - A Theology of Liberation: 15th Anniversary Edition ; Gustavo Gutierrez


The goal is not only better living conditions, a radical change of structures, a social revolution; it is much more: the continuous creation, never ending, of a new way to be human, a permanent cultural revolution.    - A Theology of Liberation: 15th Anniversary Edition ; Gustavo Gutierrez


The poor countries are not interested in modeling themselves after the rich countries, among other reasons because they are increasingly more convinced that the status of the latter is the fruit of injustice and coercion.    - A Theology of Liberation: 15th Anniversary Edition ; Gustavo Gutierrez


To speak about a theology of liberation is to seek an answer to the following question: what relation is there between salvation and the historical process of human liberation?    - A Theology of Liberation: 15th Anniversary Edition ; Gustavo Gutierrez


If there is no friendship with them and no sharing of the life of the poor, then there is no authentic commitment to liberation, because love exists only among equals.    - A Theology of Liberation: 15th Anniversary Edition ; Gustavo Gutierrez


"Any interpretation of the gospel in any historical period that fails to see Jesus as the Liberator of the oppressed is heretical. Any view of the gospel that fails to understand the Church as that community whose work and consciousness are defined by the community of the oppressed is not Christian and is thus heretical."    - James H. Cone ; God of the Oppressed


"Christian theology is language about the liberating character of God's presence in Jesus Christ as he calls his people into being for freedom in the world."    - James H. Cone ; God of the Oppressed


“Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Liberator has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger . . . Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests."    - Luke ; Luke 2.10-14


To give his people the knowledge of liberation through the forgiveness of their [national] sins, because of the tender mercy of our God, by which the rising sun will come to us from heaven to shine on those living in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the path of peace.    - Luke ; Luke 1.77-79


And you, my child, will be called a prophet of the Most High; for you will go on before the Lord to prepare the way for him,    - Luke ; Luke 1.76


(as he said through his holy prophets of long ago), Liberation from our enemies and from the hand of all who hate us— to show mercy to our ancestors and to remember his holy covenant, the oath he swore to our father Abraham:    - Luke ; Luke 1.70-73


He has raised up a horn  of liberation for us in the house of his servant David.    - Luke ; Luke 1.69


Praise be to the Lord, the God of Israel, because he has come to his people and liberated them.    - Luke ; Luke 1.68


"If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in that person?"    - John ; 1 John 3.17


He has helped his servant Israel, in remembrance of his mercy, according to the promise he made to our ancestors, to Abraham and to his descendants forever.    - Luke ; Luke 1.54-55


He has brought down the powerful from their thrones, and lifted up the lowly.    - Luke ; Luke 1.52


He has shown strength with his arm; he has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts.    - Luke ; Luke 1.51


His mercy is for those who reverence him from generation to generation.    - Luke ; Luke 1.50


Surely, from now on all generations will call me blessed; for the Mighty One has done great things for me, and holy is his name.    - ; Luke 1.48-49


And Mary said,“My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Liberator, for he has looked with favor on the lowliness of his servant."    - Luke ; Luke 1.46-48


He has sent me . . . to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.    - Jesus ; Luke 4.18-19


He has sent me to proclaim . . .  recovery of sight for the blind.      - Jesus ; Luke 4.18


He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners.      - Jesus ; Luke 4.18


Liberation in the Hagar stories is not given by God; it finds its source in human initiative.    - Delores S. Williams ; Sisters in the Wilderness: The Challenge of Womanist God-Talk


Hagar becomes the first female in the Bible to liberate herself from oppressive power structures.    - Delores S. Williams ; Sisters in the Wilderness: The Challenge of Womanist God-Talk


"Any analysis of the gospel which did not begin and end with God's liberation of the oppressed was ipso facto unchristian."    - God of the Oppressed ; James H. Cone


"The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind,to set the oppressed free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor."    - Jesus ; Luke 4.18-19


At that time Jesus said, “I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children. Yes, Father, for this is what you were pleased to do."    - Jesus ; Matthew 11.25-26


The goal is not only better living conditions, a radical change of structures, a social revolution; it is much more: the continuous creation, never ending, of a new way to be human, a permanent cultural revolution.    - Gustavo Gutierrez ; A Theology of Liberation: 15th Anniversary Edition


The poor countries are not interested in modeling themselves after the rich countries, among other reasons because they are increasingly more convinced that the status of the latter is the fruit of injustice and coercion.    - Gustavo Gutierrez ; A Theology of Liberation: 15th Anniversary Edition


To speak about a theology of liberation is to seek an answer to the following question: what relation is there between salvation and the historical process of human liberation?    - Gustavo Gutierrez ; A Theology of Liberation: 15th Anniversary Edition


To speak about a theology of liberation is to seek an answer to the following question: what relation is there between salvation and the historical process of human liberation?    - Gustavo Gutierrez ; A Theology of Liberation: 15th Anniversary Edition


"If there is no friendship with them and no sharing of the life of the poor, then there is no authentic commitment to liberation, because love exists only among equals."    - Gustavo Gutierrez ; A Theology of Liberation: 15th Anniversary Edition


"Thus we have the twofold theme that leads to Palm Sunday. Genuine discipleship, following Jesus, means following him to Jerusalem, the place of (1) confrontation with the domination system and (2) death and resurrection. These are the two themes of the week that follows, Holy Week."    - Marcus Borg and John Dominic Crossan ; The Last Week


"During his time on earth, Jesus subverted the social norms dictating how a rabbi spoke to women, to the rich, the powerful, the housewife, the mother-in-law, the despised, the prostitute, the adulteress, the mentally ill and demon possessed, the poor. He spoke to women directly, instead of through their male-headship standards and contrary to the order of the day (and even of some religious sects today)."

   - Bessey, Sarah ; Jesus Feminist: An Invitation to Revisit the Bible’s View of Women


"There can be no Christian theology that is not identified unreservedly with those who are humiliated and abused."    - James H. Cone ; A Black Theology of Liberation


"'Kingdom of God' is a political as well as religious metaphor."    - Borg, Marcus J.; Crossan, John Dominic ; The Last Week


"On the opposite side of the city, from the west, Pontius Pilate, the Roman governor of Idumea, Judea, and Samaria, entered Jerusalem at the head of a column of imperial cavalry and soldiers. Jesus’s procession proclaimed the kingdom of God; Pilate’s proclaimed the power of empire. The two processions embody the central conflict of the week that led to Jesus’s crucifixion."    - Marcus Borg and John Dominic Crossan ; The Last Week


A man with leprosy came to him and begged him on his knees, “If you are willing, you can make me clean.” Jesus was indignant. He reached out his hand and touched the man. “I am willing,” he said. “Be clean!” Immediately the leprosy left him and he was cleansed.    - Gospel of Mark ; Mark 1:40-42


Which is easier: to say to this paralyzed man, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Get up, take your mat and walk’? But I want you to know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins.” So he said to the man, “I tell you, get up, take your mat and go home.”    - Gospel of Mark ; Mark 2:9-11


He took her by the hand and said to her, “Talitha koum!” (which means “Little girl, I say to you, get up!”). Immediately the girl stood up and began to walk around (she was twelve years old). At this they were completely astonished.    - Gospel of Mark ; Mark 4:41-42


The people were all so amazed that they asked each other, “What is this? A new teaching—and with authority! He even gives orders to impure spirits and they obey him.”    - Gospel of Mark ; Mark 1:27   


"God encounters us in the human condition as the liberator of the poor and the weak, empowering them to fight for freedom because they were made for it."    - James H. Cone ; A Black Theology of Liberation


"The resurrection-event means that God’s liberating work is not only for the house of Israel but for all who are enslaved by principalities and powers."    - James H. Cone ; A Black Theology of Liberation


"The rise of Old Testament prophecy is due primarily to the lack of justice within that community. The prophets of Israel are prophets of social justice, reminding the people that Yahweh is the author of justice. It is important to note in this connection that the righteousness of God is not an abstract quality in the being of God, as with Greek philosophy. It is rather God’s active involvement in history, making right what human beings have made wrong."    - James H. Cone ; A Black Theology of Liberation


"When profits are more important than persons, disastrous results follow for the poor of all colors. It does not matter whether blacks or whites do it. This madness must be opposed."    - James H. Cone ; A Black Theology of Liberation


"I am convinced that no one should claim to be doing Christian theology today without making the liberation of the Third World from the exploitation of the First World and the Second World a central aspect of its purpose. There is an interconnectedness of all humanity that makes the freedom of one people dependent upon the liberation of all. No one can be free until all are set free. Martin Luther King, Jr., expressed this point persuasively: 'We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied to a single garment of destiny. What affects one directly, affects all indirectly. As long as there is poverty in this world, [no one] can be totally healthy…. Strangely enough, I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be. You can never be what you ought to be until I am what I ought to be.'"    - James H. Cone ; A Black Theology of Liberation


"The dominated classes need to transform their suffering, not submit to it. Submission to suffering is a form of annihilation, but transformation of suffering rekindles a faith that gives life."    - James H. Cone ; A Black Theology of Liberation


Any message that is not related to the liberation of the poor in a society is not Christ’s message.    - James H. Cone ; A Black Liberation of Theology


I do believe that one day our strength to love shall bring the Dream to fruition and the Beloved Community to earth.    - Coretta Scott King ; A Gift of Love: Sermons from Strength to Love and Other Preachings


It has always been a mystery to me how men can feel themselves honoured by the humiliation of their fellow-beings.    - Gandhi, Mohandas K ; An Autobiography: The Story of My Experiments With Truth


Rarely do we find men who willingly engage in hard, solid thinking. There is an almost universal quest for easy answers and half-baked solutions. Nothing pains some people more than having to think.    - King Jr, Martin Luther ; A Tough Mind and a Tender Heart


"A bruised reed he will not break, and a dimly burning wick he will not quench; He will faithfully bring forth justice. He will not grow faint or be crushed until he has established justice in the earth; and the coastlands wait for his teaching."    - Isaiah ; Isaiah 42:3-4


"The Nicene Fathers showed little interest in the christological significance of Jesus' deeds for the humiliated, because most of the discussion took place in the social context of the Church's position as the favored religion of the Roman State."      - James H. Cone ; God of the Oppressed.


"Our American Christians are too busy saving the souls of white Christians from burning in hellfire to save the lives of black ones from present burning in fires kindled by white Christians."    - Ida B. Wells ; Crusade for Justice


Do you think that is the way I want you to fast? Is it only a time for people to make themselves suffer? Is it only for people to bow their heads like tall grass bent by the wind?Is it only for people to lie down in ashes and clothes of mourning? Is that what you call a fast? Do you think I can accept that? Here is the way I want you to fast. Set free those who are held by chains of injustice. Untie the ropes that hold people in subordination. Set free those who are oppressed. Break every evil chain. Give away your privilege to the disadvantaged. Provide the marginalized with a world that is safe. When you see someone denied what is right, give what you have to them, that there may be equality. Do not turn away from others who are in all actuality "your own flesh" for they too are "the image of God." Then light will break forth like the dawn, and YOUR healing will spring up quickly.

 
   - Herb Montgomery ; (Adapted from Isaiah 58)


Liberation theology invites people to respond to the gospel in profoundly concrete ways, to establish relationships of solidarity and community. Faith suddenly makes sense. Christian interaction with the world is richer, more meaningful.    - Professor Michael Lee ; Fordham University


"He will not break a bruised reed or quench a smoldering wick until he brings justice to victory."    - Matthew ; Matthew 12:20 


That evening after sunset the people brought to Jesus all the sick and demon-possessed.    - Gospel of Mark ; Mark 1:32


"But let justice roll down like waters, and righteousness like an everflowing stream."    - Amos ; Amos 5:24 


"Much of what passes for the propagation of the gospel actually equates to acts of oppression. When the saving of souls is of ultimate value, it can become easy for other values to be pushed aside. This evangelistic impulse turns every mystical experience into an altar call and every person into a soul to be saved. And historically Christians have shown an ability to care for people’s souls while dismissing their bodies, their land or their dignity."
   - Mark Van Steenwyk ;  The UnKingdom of God


"The Christian community, therefore, is that community that freely becomes oppressed, because they know that Jesus himself has defined humanity's liberation in the context of what happens to the little ones. Christians join the cause of the oppressed in the fight for justice not because of some philosophical principle of "the Good" or because of a religious feeling of sympathy for people in prison. Sympathy does not change the structures of injustice. The authentic identity of Christians with the poor is found in the claim which the Jesus-encounter lays upon their own life-style, a claim that connects the word "Christian" with the liberation of the poor. Christians fight not for humanity in general but for themselves and out of their love for concrete human beings."    - James H. Cone ; The God of the Oppressed


"The cross places God in the midst of crucified people, in the midst of people who are hung, shot, burned, and tortured."
   - James H. Cone ; The Cross and the Lynching Tree


The cross is a paradoxical religious symbol because it inverts the world’s value system with the news that hope comes by way of defeat, that suffering and death do not have the last word, that the last shall be first and the first last.    - James H. Cone ; The Cross and the Lynching Tree


Any view of the gospel that fails to understand the Church as that community whose work and consciousness are defined by the community of the oppressed is not Christian and is thus heretical.    - James H. Cone ; God of the Oppressed


What has the gospel to do with the oppressed of the land and their struggle for liberation? Any theologian who fails to place that question at the center of his or her work has ignored the essence of the gospel.    - James H. Cone ; God of the Oppressed


The theologian is before all else an exegete, simultaneously of Scripture and of existence. To be an exegete of Scripture means that the theologian recognizes the Bible, the witness to God's Word, as a primary source of theological discourse. To be an exegete of existence means that Scripture is not an abstract word, not merely a rational idea. It is God's Word to those who are oppressed and humiliated in this world.    - James H. Cone ; God of the Oppressed


"Christian theology is language about the liberating character of God's presence in Jesus Christ as he calls his people into being for freedom in the world."

   - James H. Cone ; God of the Oppressed


"Do not be daunted by the enormity of the world’s grief. Do justly, now. Love mercy, now. Walk humbly, now. You are not obligated to complete the work, but neither are you free to abandon it.”    - Rabbi Tarfon ; The Talmud


"When women are restricted from the service of God in any capacity, the Church is mistakenly allowing an imperfect male-dominated ancient culture to drive our understanding and practice of Christ’s redeeming work, instead of Jesus Christ and the whole of the Scriptures."

   - Bessey, Sarah ; Jesus Feminist: An Invitation to Revisit the Bible’s View of Women


The Good News is proclaimed when we love each other.

   - Bessey, Sarah ; Jesus Feminist: An Invitation to Revisit the Bible’s View of Women


"I want to be outside with the misfits, with the rebels, the dreamers, second-chance givers, the radical grace lavishers, the ones with arms wide open, the courageously vulnerable, and among even—or maybe especially— the ones rejected by the Table as not worthy enough or right enough."

   - Bessey, Sarah ; Jesus Feminist: An Invitation to Revisit the Bible’s View of Women


All men [and women] are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly affects all indirectly . I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be, and you can never be what you ought to be until I am what I ought to be.    - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. ; The Man Who Was a Fool


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