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Journey To The Headwaters: Bartolomé De Las Casas In A Comparative Context, Rev. David Orique, O.P. Dec 2008

Journey To The Headwaters: Bartolomé De Las Casas In A Comparative Context, Rev. David Orique, O.P.

Rev. David T. Orique, O.P.

This essay compares the theological orientation of Bartolomé de Las Casas (1484-1566) with those of two other notable colonial Latin American ecclesial figures: Toribio de Benavente Motolinía (1494/95-1565), and Juan Vasco de Quiroga (1477/78-1565).An examination of the experiential and theoretical epistemological sources of their theological orientations reveals the influence of different temporal, social, and geographic experiences as well as of their common and distinctive intellectual formations. Their understandings of and activities in the New World reflect these epistemological influences. The data demonstrate that Las Casas's theological orientation was primarily prophetic in his quest for justice for ...