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The Prophet of CuernavacaIvan Illich and the Crisis of the West$
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Todd Hartch

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780190204563

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190204563.001.0001

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(p.158) Conclusion
The Prophet of Cuernavaca

Todd Hartch

Oxford University Press

Ivan Illich’s resistance to the missionary initiative in Latin America was the pivotal period of his life. His suspicions of American missionaries led him not only to undermine the missionary initiative but also to think deeply about the nature of Western modernity. Sadly, he did not pay enough attention to the missionary dynamics that have been explained in meticulous detail in several books by Lamin Sanneh and that are exemplified in the life of Lesslie Newbigin. However, he did develop a comprehensive explanation of Western modernity that explains much of what ails the West today. In the end it is clear that Illich lived a prophetic life.

Keywords:   Ivan Illich, Latin America, missions, Lamin Sanneh, Lesslie Newbigin, modernity, prophetic

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