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Product Details

  • Paperback: 184 pages
  • Publisher: Abingdon Press (July 1, 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0687230675
  • ISBN-13: 978-0687230679
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.2 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #304,779 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Justo L. González has taught at the Evangelical Seminary of Puerto Rico and Candler School of Theology, Emory University. He is the author of many books, including Church History: An Essential Guide and To All Nations From All Nations: A History of the Christian Missionary Movement, both published by Abingdon Press. Justo L. González es un ampliamente leído y respetado historiador y teólogo. Es el autor de numerosas obras que incluyen tres volúmenes de su Historia del Pensamiento Cristiano, la colección de Tres Meses en la Escuela de... (Mateo... Juan... Patmos... Prisión... Espíritu), Breve Historia de las Doctrinas Cristianas y El ministerio de la palabra escrita, todas publicadas por Abingdon Press.

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Justo L. Gonzalez, author of the highly praised three-volume History of Christian Thought and other major works, attended United Seminary in Cuba, received his M.A. at Yale, and was the youngest person to be awarded a Ph.D. in historical theology at Yale. Dr. Gonzalez is now on the faculty of the Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta.

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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 5, 1999
Format: Paperback
This book is the most concise study of Latin American religion/liberation theology that I have found. It is extremely accessible, even to someone who has no background in theological study. Justo explains the perspective of an oppressed people with love and dignity. I highly recommend this for anyone who has an interest in oppression and the role of the dominant culture.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Rudolph Lewis on January 23, 2002
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In chapter ten of Manana, Gonzalez makes a direct attack against the "Hellenization of God" or the "Constantinization of God," which in effect is a static characterization of God.. He affirms again that the God of Scripture is a living God. Along with the use of the Greek notion of being, Christian theologians have allegorized the Scriptures so as to "dishistoricized the Bible" and make themselves "exponents of the theology of the status quo" (139). Gonzalez goes on to make attacks against gnosticism and docetism, both of which devalue the body and earthly existence.
The gnostic view of salvation "consists of being able to flee this material world, usually by means of a secret knowledge"; for the docetists, "our suffering and death, as well as all the injustice and evil that exist in this world are not important. Our bodies are prisons holding our souls in the material world and clouding our visions of spiritual realities" (141). They both offer "salvation out of this world, without having to confront its present evil" (143). Too often this is the preaching and teaching religionists hear: forget about this life and think about the one to come. The Lordship of Jesus, however, consists in his being for-otherness. God is, for Gonzalez, being-for-otherness. That is his glory and that of Jesus (153).
The concluding chapter 11 of Manana concerns itself with Christian spirituality, which Gonzalez believes, cannot be spoken of apart from the Holy Spirit. In Acts 2:17, we are told that the Spirit is poured out on all flesh." Man is not above nature but a part of it. As part of created reality it is the nature of man to sin; the "Spirit is the power that intervenes to make things become what they are not" (160).
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Cecilia Gonzalez-Andrieu on December 3, 1999
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In Manana, Justo Gonzalez does what few academics achieve, he provides stellar scholarship while at the same time writing with poetic conviction. This book, written from the heart and speaking to the heart, charts not only the history and evolution of Hispanic Christianity in the U.S., but a valuable roadmap for a community's future. Thoughtful and intelligent readers will be mesmerized by his apt use of language, experience and tradition in this multifaceted look at our growing community and the challenges we face into the Manana of this new millenium.
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The author presents a compelling case for a different and more scriptural based theology of Hispanic Christianity. His distillation of a broad scope of Hispanic experience with Jesus can encourage all believers in Jesus to live in the radical "for others" that Jesus commanded and lived and died. This particular edition needs editing of the use of "Mariana" for "Manana" in the final chapter.
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