Hanz Gutierrez

Toward An Adventist Theology Of Health (5) - On Pain

According to the Spanish essayist and philosopher Miguel de Unamuno (The Tragic Sense of Life in Men and Nations, Madrid 1912), pain is the universal human experience of vulnerability and woundedness. It has an objective dimension usually given by the presence of physical damage and a subjective perception conditioned by the religious, cultural and psychological background of the involved person.

“Peruvian Skies” – A Transgenerational Story

Last Sunday, an average summer day, I was driving with my family from Florence to the Tyrrhenian sea, in the beautiful Tuscany landscape. My thoughts were absorbed in organizing my weekly schedule when suddenly Daniel, my oldest son, put music on for his submissive audience in the car. It was Dream Theather's song, “Peruvian Skies”. Similar to E.

A Witness of Life Through Death and the Virtue of a Broken Faith

Elie Wiesel, “In memoriam” (1928-2016)

The Prophet of Betondorp and the Unbearable lightness of Playing

Johan Cruyff, “In Memoriam” (1947-2016)

Johan Cruyff, the worldwide prophet of modern soccer, died some weeks ago leaving behind a particular ludic[1] and anthropological legacy. Applying Max Weber’s sociological ideal-type classification, he showed persuasively that discipline and tactics are blind without beauty and elegance, as much as pleasure and creativity are empty without rigour and hard work.

The Dilemma of European Multiculturalism

In a Europe struggling with the rise of Islamophobia, torn by debates about the refuge flood and on edge over religious, ethnic and cultural disputes, London has elected its first Muslim mayor – Sadiq Khan. Such a move is, arguably, confirmation that Britain’s capital is one of the most liberal and secular cities in the world – even as the country contends with unprecedented immigration and rising radicalization. 

“Fuocoammare” – Narrating Europe's biggest Migrant Crisis


Jury president Meryl Streep gave the 2016 Golden Bear award to the Italian filmmaker Gianfranco Rosi for his documentary film 'Fuocoammare' (Fire at Sea), about the refugee crisis in the Mediterranean, during the 66th Berlin International Film Festival.

Sign, Text and Reader – Implications for Adventism

Umberto Eco,“In memoriam” (1932-2016)

Toward An Adventist Theology Of Health (4) - On Therapy

To be healed and be whole is a deeply rooted human aspiration. It is so pervasive that, while it affirms itself in our minds, it really starts in our bodies. And takes the form of a pre-rational, immediate experience that reason only later reworks into explicit decisions. The term “Resilience” articulates the psychological and ethical capacity of particularly strong individuals to recover from difficulties through specific and clear choices. But philosopher Baruch Spinoza's idea of “Conatus” (“Conatus Essendi”) identifies a more primordial and universal drive.

Toward An Adventist Theology of Health (3) – On Disease

Notwithstanding the enormous and consistent development of today’s medicine, disease has not disappeared from our lives. It has just changed form, rhythm and mechanism of presentation. We realistically could just say, compared to other less industrialized cultures of the past and present, that we have invented novel ways of getting sick. This simple, empirical finding should push us to a double attitude. First, to keep resisting and fighting the rampant medical conformism and pessimism that tries to persuade us to embrace a deterministic view of disease.

Toward An Adventist Theology of Health (2) – On the Body

On November 15, 2015, Argentinean and worldwide soccer legend Diego Armando Maradona had a second gastric operation after his doctor warned that the 55-year-old former player is 75 kg (165 pounds) over his ideal weight. In 2005 he had already undergone gastric bypass surgery to lose weight and has since developed various complications but, above all, has uncontrollably kept gaining weight. Dr Carlos Felipe Chaux performed both of Maradona's gastric surgeries. This time doctors put an adjustable width tight apron into the stomach to further reduce its capacity.

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