Bonino was raised in the Methodist Church , and participated actively in this denomination since his youth. He worked in church ministries in Bolivia , and after obtaining his degree he was a pastor in Mendoza. In , he became a professor of dogmatic theology in Buenos Aires.
José Míguez Bonino
In , he left teaching to pursue further study at Union Theological Seminary in New York , where he obtained his doctorate in with a thesis on ecumenism. He was also executive secretary of the South American Association of Theological Institutions between and In , despite not having party affiliation, he was elected to the Constitutional Assembly that carried out the amendment of the Constitution of Argentina , in which he participated especially in social and human rights issues.
Bonino was very influenced by the ideas of the social gospel.
However, he also criticized the social gospel for its theological weakness and utopian idealism that held that the kingdom of God is brewing in human history. He sought to link the biblical theological conception of the Gospel with social concern in the cultural sphere.
The theology of Karl Barth was also significant in the development of his thought. Bonino is considered one of the founders of Latin American Liberation theology ,   and he was committed to a political ethic focused on the poor and the defense of human rights. He described liberation theology as "the response of a generation of young Catholics and evangelicals to the call of the Holy Spirit for a renewed spiritual, ethical and social commitment to the poor, the call for a new and integral evangelization.
He has advocated for community interpretation of the Bible against individualism. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
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