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Confessions of a Christian Humanist

Confessions of a Christian Humanist

John W. de Gruchy (Author)


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How can one genuinely follow Jesus today, and what does that mean about one's lifestyle, social and political commitments, and ethical stance? In this fine work, internationally renowned theologian John de Gruchy answers that question. Reviving an almost silenced tradition, he lifts the banner of Christian humanism — not secular humanism with a Christian veneer, but a critical retrieval of Christianity's core convictions and values in ways that are both critical of and yet constructively engaged with secular culture in serving the well-being of humanity.
  • Publisher Fortress Press
  • Format Paperback
  • ISBN 9780800638245
  • Dimensions 5.5 x 8.5
  • Pages 224
  • Publication Date April 19, 2006


"In the tradition of Augustine's Confessions, and as profoundly, John de Gruchy has combined theological autobiography and pioneering theological reflections into a book that has taught me to name myself: Christian Humanist. Simply put, the purpose of this book is not to make us religious, but to make us more truly human. This book presages a new springtime in theology. Let it happen to you."
— Walter Wink, Emeritus, Auburn Theological Seminary

"This lucid and engaging book is a much-needed testimony to the fact that true faith, Christianly understood, is about being human, not about being 'religious.' Drawing upon his own extensive experience of being a Christian teacher in a falsely but officially 'Christian' social context (Apartheid), de Gruchy presents a vision of Christian humanism that is as pertinent to our North American context as to his own – possibly even more pertinent, because the dominant forms of Christian belief among us are about being religious, and often with a vengeance!"
— Douglas John Hall, Professor of Christian Theology Emeritus, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec