Miguel De La Torre Co-Authors Book
Posted October 24, 2001
HOLLAND -- Orbis Press has recently published a
book co-authored by Dr. Miguel A. De La Torre, assistant
professor of religion at Hope College.
The book, written with Edwin Aponte of Perkins
Seminary, is titled "Introducing Latino/a Theology," and
surveys the history, nature, sources and development of
Hispanic Christian theologies in the United States.
In addition, the book considers the nature of the
relationship between Hispanic theology and Hispanic identity
as it is manifested in practices and traditions among
Latino/as. The interrelationship between religion,
community, and culture in the Latino/a context and its
impact on the development and nature of Hispanic theologies
are also considered. Prominent theologians, both Roman
Catholic and Protestant, are discussed, as are significant
and recurring themes in Hispanic theology.
According to De La Torre, one important factor of
the book is that it will clearly distinguish both the
differences and similarities between how Hispanics and
Euroamericans do theology. The book provides its readers
with a basic knowledge of the prominent Christian theologian
traditions and movements among Hispanics in the United
States. Furthermore, the book addresses the question of
possible common Hispanic spirituality.
De La Torre is expecting three more books to be
published next year: "Reading the Bible from the Margins,"
also by Orbis Press; "The Quest for the Cuban Christ," by
University of Florida Press; and "La Lucha for Cuba:
Religion and Politics on the Streets of Miami," by
University of California Press. In addition, he is working
on two new projects: "Introducing Santeria," to be
published by Eeardman Press; and "Handbook on U.S.
Theologies of Liberation," to be published by Chalice Press.
De La Torre has been a member of the Hope faculty
since 1999. He was previously an instructor at Temple
University for four years, and prior to that had been an
adjunct instructor at Boyce Bible College. He has also been
a visiting professor at West Chester University, Immaculata
College and Rutgers University.
His publications also include the book "Ajiaco
Christianity: Toward an Exilic Cuban Ethic of
Reconciliation," and several book chapters and articles.
His numerous professional activities include serving as a
member of the editorial board for the "Journal of Religious
Ethics," and as founder and organizer of "Etica Latina: A
Hispanic Ethical Perspective," an interest group for the
Society of Christian Ethics."
De La Torre holds a doctorate and master of arts
in religion from Temple University; a master of divinity
from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary; and a master of
public affairs from American University. He completed his
undergraduate degree in political science at Florida