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Reconciliation: Restoring Justice

de Gruchy, John W
June 4, 2015

Source: (2002) Minneapolis: Fortress Press.

John de Gruchy maintains that reconciliation is a theme that demands constant consideration in ways that relate to the context in which we live. Moreover, for Christians it is a subject at the center of their faith. Yet reconciliation remains much misunderstood and elusive. At the heart of his argument is the conviction that reconciliation has to do with the restoration of justice – whether our justification by God, the renewal of interpersonal relations, or the transformation of society. Within this framework, and writing from a specifically Christian perspective, de Gruchy explores a number of issues pertaining to reconciliation. The book is organized into three major parts. Part One deals with the discourse of reconciliation: reasons for daring to speak of reconciliation; and reconciliation in Christian tradition. Part Two looks at agency in reconciliation: the Church as an instrument or embodiment of reconciliation in the world; and reconciliation and the Abrahamic household (Judaism, Christianity, and Islam). Part Three addresses process and goal with respect to reconciliation: the art of reconciliation; and covenanting together to restore justice. Throughout the book, de Gruchy cites the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission as a case study for the matters he examines.


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