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Author(s): John De Gruchy, John W. De Gruchy, Steve de Gruchy
"I find this book very interesting. De Gruchy acknowledges that his treatment is selective, but his selections seem reasonable. He keeps his focus on the church, with the result that some matters which would require discussion in a comprehensive history of South Africa receive little discussion. Yet such choices enable the reader to cut through the many complexities of the recent history of South Africa to gain a greater appreciation for the role of the church in these remarkable events. (...) The third edition of de Gruchy's book is to be welcomed, not only as a valuable and interesting analysis of the church struggle which takes the story on into more recent times, but also as a means of marking the significance of this book, in its various forms, and the contribution of this notable South African theologian." Alistair I.Wilson, Dumisani Theological Institute, King William's Town, South Africa, Scottish Bulletin of Evangelical Theology
"Many books have been written on the Churches in South Africa since 1979. This one rightly claims to be at 'interface between history, theology, and sermon.' It remains a helpful and thorough introduction to the role of the Churches in the apartheid years and beyond. Reworked as it is, it also offers an insight into a changing intellectual process of interpreting the Churches' response to apartheid." Emma Wild-Wood, Cambridge, Journal of Ecclesiastical History, 2006.
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.
John de Gruchy is the Robert Selby Taylor Professor of ChristianStudies at the University of Cape Town. For many years he has been at the forefront as a religious leader and theologian in the struggle against aparthiedin South Africa. He currently heads up the Research Institute on Christianity in South Africa. He is also an ordained minister of the United Congregational Church of South Africa.