By: Michael E. Lee
Ignacio Ellacuría, a Spanish Jesuit theologian, philosopher, and rector of the University of Central America in San Salvador, was one of the key intellectual authors of liberation theology. On November 16, 1989, he and other members of the Jesuit community of the university were massacred by Salvadoran army troops.
Ignacio Ellacuría offers twelve of his most important essays, at last providing English-speaking readers with a comprehensive introduction to Ellacuria's thought. Traditional topics such as Christology, ecclesiology, theological method, and spirituality are interwoven with reflections on colonialism, liberation, religion and politics, the philosophy of Xavier Zubiri, and the legacy of Archbishop Oscar Romero.
This is a volume that not only chronicles the thought of one of the most fertile minds of the last century, but challenges the way theology should be carried out for the century to come.
Michael E. Lee is associate professor of theology at Fordham University and a board member of the Catholic Theological Society of America. His book Bearing the Weight of Salvation: The Soteriology of Ignacio Ellacuría (Crossroad, 2009) was a winner of the 2010 Hispanic Theological Initiative Book Prize.