Gustavo Gutierrez Merino, O.P., (born 8 June 1928 in Lima) is a Peruvian theologian and Dominican priest regarded as the founder of Liberation Theology. He holds the John Cardinal O'Hara Professorship of Theology at the University of Notre Dame. He has been professor at the Pontifical Catholic University of Peru and a visiting professor at many major universities in North America and Europe. He is a member of the Peruvian Academy of Language, and in 1993 he was awarded the Legion of Honor by the French government for his tireless work. He has also published in and been a member of the board of directors of the international journal, Concilium.
Gutierrez spent much of his life living and working among the poor of Lima. He has studied medicine and literature (Peru), psychology and philosophy (Leuven), and obtained a doctorate at the Institut Pastoral d'Etudes Religieuses (IPER), Universite Catholique in Lyon.
Gutierrez is of Native American heritage, being of mixed Quechua descent, and he is probably the most influential Peruvian scholar of all time. Gutierrez's groundbreaking work, A Theology of Liberation: History, Politics, Salvation (1971), explains his notion of Christian poverty as an act of loving solidarity with the poor as well as a liberatory protest against poverty.
Smith, Christian. Las Casas as Theological Counteroffensive: An Interpretation of Gustavo Gutierrez's Las Casas: In Search of the Poor of Jesus Christ. Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion. 2002; 41(1):69-73.
[*] Gustavo Gutierrez on the University of Notre Dame website.
[*] Audio downloads of Gutierrez's 1995 Drummond Lectures in Scotland
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