The Prophet of Cuernavaca: Ivan Illich and the Crisis of the West by Todd HartchThe Prophet of Cuernavaca: Ivan Illich and the Crisis of the West by Todd Hartch

The Prophet of Cuernavaca: Ivan Illich and the Crisis of the West

byTodd Hartch

Hardcover | April 1, 2015

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Catholic priest and radical social critic Ivan Illich is best known for books like Deschooling Society and Medical Nemesis that skewered the dominant institutions of the West in the 1970s. Although commissioned in 1961 by American bishops to run a missionary training center in Cuernavaca,Mexico, Illich emerged as one of the major critics of the missionary movement. As he became a more controversial figure, his center evolved into CIDOC (Centro Intercultural de Documentacion), an informal university that attracted a diverse group of intellectuals and seekers from around the world.They came to Illich's center to learn Spanish, to attend seminars, and to sit at the feet of Illich, whose relentless criticism of the Catholic Church and modern Western culture resonated with the revolutionary spirit of the times. His 1967 article, "The Seamy Side of Charity," a harsh attack on theAmerican missionary effort in Latin America, and other criticisms of the Church led to a trial at the Vatican in 1968, after which he left the priesthood. Illich's writings struck at the foundations of western society, and envisioned utopian transformations in the realms of education,transportation, medicine, and economics. He was an inspiration to a generation of liberation theologians and other left-wing intellectuals. In The Prophet of Cuernavaca Todd Hartch traces the development of Illich's ideas from his work as a priest through his later secular period, offering one of the first book-length historical treatments of his thought in English.
Todd Hartch is Professor of History, Eastern Kentucky University. He is the author of The Rebirth of Latin American Christianity.
Title:The Prophet of Cuernavaca: Ivan Illich and the Crisis of the WestFormat:HardcoverDimensions:256 pages, 9.29 × 6.42 × 1.18 inPublished:April 1, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

AbbreviationsAcknowledgmentsIntroduction1. Wrong Man for the Job2. The Center for Intercultural Formation3. Battle for Influence4. Liberating Mission5. Crisis6. Decline of the MIssionary Initiative7. CIDOC8. Breaking the Spell9. Grammar of SilenceConclusionBibliography

Editorial Reviews

"Todd Hartch, a prolific analyst of religious cultures and institutions of Latin America, provides a thoroughly original and engrossing interpretation of the life of Ivan Illich, one of the region's most provocative social thinkers of the second half of the twentieth century. By focusing onIllich's priestly calling, which endured long after he abandoned his public ministry, and by decoding the often-camouflaged theological underpinnings of Illich's thought and action, Hartch provides an illuminating portrait of one of the last century's most influential, yet misunderstood, critics ofwestern modernity and the Catholic Church." --Gilbert M. Joseph, Farnam Professor of History and International Studies, Yale University