SUMMARY: “If my life and experience is of some interest, it is chiefly so because I have lived through interesting times, in an interesting country, travelled to many interesting places, and been accompanied along the way by interesting folk.”
John de Gruchy is a renowned South African theologian and an inspiration to many. An expert on the work of the anti-Nazi theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer, De Gruchy is also a local struggle icon in his own right.
In this book, we trace his story from his Viking ancestry, via a seafaring grandfather and illegitimate grandmother, to where he became an ecumenical activist for the South African Council of Churches, up to the present.
We journey through a South Africa in transition and a rapidly changing global society. Along the way we meet various, often controversial people, like Albert Luthuli, Jaap Durand, P.W. Botha and Constand Viljoen. With a foreword by his friend Desmond Tutu, this is the tale of an extraordinary life lived to the full.
John de Gruchy is Emeritus Professor of Christian Studies at the University of Cape Town, where he taught for over 30 years.