Foundations for an Ecological Theology of Liberation: Gustavo Gutiérrez's Concept of Integral Liberation, Political Ecology, and Salvation

Doctoral Dissertation


Gustavo Gutiérrez’s classic text, A Theology of Liberation, continues to stand as one of the most important works in liberation theology. Central to that text is Gutiérrez’s concept of “integral liberation.” Through this concept Gutiérrez demonstrates a positive relationship between salvation and the historical process of human liberation. This dissertation broadens the terms of the concept of integral liberation. Through a dialogue with the environmental and social sciences and a close reading of salvation history as it is mediated through scripture, I expand Gutiérrez’s concept in order to elucidate a positive relationship between salvation, human liberation, and care for creation.


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  • etd-12082014-080325

Author Daniel P. Castillo
Advisor J. Matthew Ashley
Contributor Gerald McKenny, Committee Member
Contributor Celia Deane-Drummond, Committee Member
Contributor J. Matthew Ashley, Committee Chair
Contributor Omar Lizardo, Committee Member
Degree Level Doctoral Dissertation
Degree Discipline Theology
Degree Name PhD
Defense Date
  • 2014-08-13

Submission Date 2014-12-08
  • United States of America

  • ecotheology

  • integral liberation

  • ecological theology

  • Gustavo Gutiérrez

  • liberation theology

  • political theology

  • University of Notre Dame

  • English

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Content License
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