The Poor and the Third Millennium

Gustavo GutiÉrrez

in Believing Scholars

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print October 2005 | ISBN: 9780823225255
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823236589 | DOI:
The Poor and the Third Millennium

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This chapter presents a contribution of the Latin American church experience and its reflection in these last years, as expressed in the phrase, the "preferential option for the poor". This concept puts a great emphasis "on the church preferential option for the poor and the outcast". The chapter reflects on preferential option for the poor, as expressing a very important and old biblical concern. The preferential option for the poor arises from the Bible in different ways during the history of Christianity. The discussion analyzes each word, "poor", " preference", and "option". The chapter argues that people are challenged today to find the face of Jesus Christ in the face of the poor.

Keywords: poor; outcast; Bible; option; preference; Latin American

Chapter.  4273 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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