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Being Human

Confessions of a Christian Humanist

Being Human

Confessions of a Christian Humanist

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Publisher: SCM Press
ISBN: 9780334029793
Published: 09/01/2006

Being Human offers Christians today an alternative way of believing the Christian faith, which takes the best from the humanist tradition. Christian Humanism can offer a new way of being Christian on today's world, since it expresses Christianity's core convictions and values. John de Gruchy's writing here looks to inspirational figures of the 20th Century who embody this kind of Christian humanism, who brought together their Christian values and human rights activism to bring about peace and justice, such as Dietrich Bonhoeffer and Nelson Mandela. It will be of interest to students, academics and general Christian readers.

  • Preface
  • Prologue
  • Stories and grand narratives
  • Confessions, apologia and testimony
  • Christian Humanism: retrieving a legacy
  • Being Human
  • A common humanity
  • A matter of birth and death
  • Individuals, persons and being human
  • Human well-being
  • Being Religious
  • Religion and piety
  • Depersonalizing religion
  • Growing beyond fundamentalism
  • Religion as ideology of crusade
  • Being Secular
  • Secularization and its outcomes
  • Science and scientism
  • Secular defenders of humanity
  • Mature Worldliness
  • A Believer
  • A sense of awe and justice
  • Greater than we can conceive
  • Rumours of divine purpose
  • God's love story: a strange beauty
  • A Christian
  • Jesus the Christ
  • The cost of discipleship
  • Why did God become a human being?
  • Humanity fully alive
  • A new humanity: agent of human wholeness
  • A Christian Humanist
  • A love of learning: seeking wisdom
  • Respecting difference: standing the truth
  • Critical Patriotism: struggling for justice and peace
  • Creativiy of the Spirit: cherishing beauty
  • Epilogue
  • Seasons of life
  • End of Story: a new beginning
  • Index of Names and Subjects

John De Gruchy

John W de Gruchy is Director of the Graduate School in Humanities and is the Robert Selby Professor of Christian Studies at the University of Cape Town.