Confessions of a Christian Humanist

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Fortress Press, 2006 - Religion - 217 pages
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.
 

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Contents

Prologue
1
Stories and grand narratives
4
Confessions apologia and testimony
12
retrieving a legacy
24
Being Human
33
A common humanity
34
A matter of birth and death
39
Individuals persons and being human
42
A sense of awe and justice
108
Greater than we can conceive
117
Rumours of divine purpose
127
a strange beauty
132
A Christian
142
Jesus the Christ
143
The cost of discipleship
146
Why did God become a human being?
152

Human wellbeing
49
Being Religious
54
Religion and piety
58
Depersonalizing religion
63
Growing beyond fundamentalism
65
Religion as ideology of crusade
74
Being Secular
81
Secularization and its outcomes
84
Science and scientism
91
Secular defenders of humanity
95
Mature worldliness
103
A Believer
107
Humanity fully alive
157
agent of human wholeness
163
A Christian Humanist
173
seeking wisdom
174
standing for truth
181
struggling for justice and peace
186
cherishing beauty
193
Epilogue
201
Seasons of life
203
a new beginning
207
Index of Names and Subjects
211
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