The Gospel in Solentiname

The Gospel in Solentiname (Spanish: El Evangelio en Solentiname) is a collection of commentary on the Christian gospels, written by Ernesto Cardenal.[1] Originally published in four Spanish-language volumes between 1975 and 1977,[2] English translations appeared in 1976, 1978, 1979, and 1982[3] and became available in a single volume in 2010.[4] The commentary was made by a group of peasants in Solentiname, an archipelago in Nicaragua.[4]

Cardenal held these discussions during the peak of the Cold War, when Nicaragua was ruled by the Somoza dictatorship. These discussions became a way to address issues such as class conflict and government suppression through gospel-centred discussions, analysis, and action.[5][page needed] The Gospel in Solentiname contained radical readings of the gospels, stating that the God of the Bible is a God that sides with the poor, because God is love, and love can only exist with accordance with equality and justice.[6][additional citation(s) needed]

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  1. ^ Cardenal 2010, p. iv; Jones 1977, p. 468; Selejan 2015, p. 154.
  2. ^ Selejan 2015, p. 164.
  3. ^ Cadorette et al. 2004, p. 292.
  4. ^ a b Cardenal 2010.
  5. ^ Kim 2013.
  6. ^ Montoya 1995, p. 37.


Cadorette, Curt; Giblin, Marie; Legge, Marilyn J.; Snyder, Mary H., eds. (2004) [1992]. Liberation Theology: An Introductory Reader. Eugene, Oregon: Wipf and Stock Publishers. ISBN 978-1-59244-673-5.
Cardenal, Ernesto (2010). The Gospel in Solentiname. Translated by Walsh, Donald D. Maryknoll, New York: Orbis Books. ISBN 978-1-57075-902-4.
Jones, Robin L. W. (1977). "Review of Love in Practice: The Gospel in Solentiname by Ernesto Cardenal". Theology. 80 (678): 468–469. doi:10.1177/0040571X7708000630. ISSN 2044-2696.
Kim, Mee-Ae (2013). "Liberation and Theology: A Pedagogical Challenge". The History Teacher. 46 (4): 601–612. ISSN 0018-2745. JSTOR 43264161.
Montoya, Rosario (1995). "Liberation Theology and the Socialist Utopia of a Nicaraguan Shoemaker". Social History. 20 (1): 23–43. ISSN 0307-1022. JSTOR 4286245.
Selejan, Ileana L. (2015). "War in Paradise: Solentiname and the Sandinista Revolution". Visual Studies. 30 (2): 151–165. doi:10.1080/1472586X.2015.1024961. ISSN 1472-5878. Retrieved 4 March 2018.