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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Chalice Press (November 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0827214480
  • ISBN-13: 978-0827214484
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,283,990 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Miguel A. De La Torre is an ordained Southern Baptist minister and teaches Christian social ethics at Iliff School of Theology. He is the author of more than fourteen books and has recently published Out of the Shadows into the Light: Christianity and Homosexuality.

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For more information on Dr. De La Torre, visit his website at: www.drmigueldelatorre.com


Miguel A. De La Torre (born October 6, 1958) is an associate-professor of social ethics at Iliff School of Theology, a religious scholar, author, and an ordained minister. Born in Cuba months before the Castro Revolution, De La Torre and his family migrated to the United States as refugees when he was an infant. At nineteen years of age he began a real estate company in Miami. De La Torre dissolved the thirteen-year-old real estate company in 1992 to attended Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in order to obtain a Masters in Divinity and enter the ministry. During his seminary training he served as pastor at a rural congregation.

De La Torre continued his theological training and obtained a doctorate from Temple University in social ethics in 1999. According to the books he published, he focuses on ethics within contemporary U.S. thought, specifically how religion affects race, class, and gender oppression. His works 1) applys a social scientific approach to Latino/a religiosity within this country; 2) studies Liberation theologies in the Caribbean and Latin America (specifically in Cuba); and 3) engages in postmodern/postcolonial social theory. In 1999 he was hired to teach Christian Ethics at Hope College in Holland, MI. De La Torre resigned his tenure in 2005 and took the position of associate professor for social ethics at Iliff School of Theology in Denver, Colorado.

Since obtaining his doctorate, De La Torre has authored numerous articles and books, including several books that have won national awards, specifically: Reading the Bible from the Margins, (Orbis, 2002); Santeria: The Beliefs and Rituals of a Growing Religion in America (Wm. B. Eerdmans, 2004); and Doing Christian Ethics from the Margins, (Orbis, 2004). He has been an expert commentator concerning ethical issues (mainly Hispanic religiosity, LGBT civil rights, and immigration rights) on several local, national, and international media outlets.


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By B. Marold HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on May 15, 2011
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Handbook of U.S. Theologies of Liberation HUSTL (2004), edited by Miguel A. De La Torre and Liberation Theologies in the United States, An Introduction LTUS, (2010), edited by Stacey M. Floyd-Thomas and Anthony B. Pinn are anthologies of recent writings on eleven and ten different contextual theologies respectively. Both are fairly recent and both have approximately the same cost per page, based on Amazon prices at the time of this writing. I used both books as textbooks in a course on contextual theologies, and on average, the writing in the two was fairly uniform, but also fairly general.

An important question if you are interested in the subject is whether you buy both books, one of the two (and which one) or none of these two books. One easy answer is that if you have some training in theology and you have already read a fair amount on at least two different contextual theologies, especially, Latino, Black, and Feminist, you will already have gone deeper into this subject than these books can take you. If you have a good background in classical Christian theology, but know nothing about contextual theology, you really should read one of these books.

If total price is an issue, and you are willing to take a used copy, HUSTL is cheaper from resellers, since it's been around a few more years. This is a good thing, because this title has several other advantages. The first is that it has a 25 page combined Bibliography versus individual article Bibliographies in LTUS, totaling about 10 pages. The second is that HUSTL contains essays on general topics where various contexts tend to agree. If you have no theological background, this makes HUSTL even more of an advantage.
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By Hedy on May 11, 2014
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I am using this book for my thesis research. It is very well written and I find it to be extremely valuable.
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