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Galilean Journey: The Mexican-American Promise
"A shining vision of the contribution Mexican-Americans can make to American culture and American life and American religion as they struggle for acceptance and justice and offer, in return, festival and joy.--Andrew M. Greeley"
Paperback, 155 pages
Published April 1st 2000 by Orbis Books
(first published 1978)
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Virgilio Elizondo is considered the father of Hispanic/Latino theology in the US. His book, Galilean Journey, presents a pastoral theology of the Mexican-American people – meaning that this same community forms the context through which Elizondo writes. Rather than stilt the theological presentation given, this lens portrays the Gospel in a refreshing and invigorating light. Elizondo, divides the book into three core sections: the background and identity of Mexican-Americans and the concept of m ...more
This is an interesting book that announces a convicting call for the mestizo population of Latino's in America. If you are not familiar with the notion of mestizaje then this book is a must for you. It will help you understand the importance of embracing your Mexican-American identity as neither Mexican OR American, but something completely different. Closer to both, we are indeed Mexican AND American and we can serve as the broken wall between nations that has become a bridge. While it has a st ...more
Clear prose, but this material may not engage those who are not intrigued by Catholicism or area studies. Elizondo wants to inspire an increase of Latin American, specifically Mexican American, consciousness and social activism in the Catholic Church. He draws parallels between the hybrid culture of Mexico (Spanish/indigenous, then Mexican/U.S.) and the conquered peoples of ancient Israel, from which Jesus emerged. In particular, Elizondo views Christ as drawing together the sufferings of his pe ...more
This is Elizondo's re-reading of the gospels from the vantage point of a Mexican-American, looking at the Biblical region of Galilee as an allegory for the Rio Grande Valley and exploring the commonalities between Galileans and contemporary mestizos. Here his interpretation of mestizaje is not so much one of biculturalism, but of marginalization. While Elizondo makes some interesting arguments, the reading overall is harmed both by his somewhat outdated sociopolitical approach and his Pollyannai ...more