n Missionalia : Southern African Journal of Mission Studies - Dare we speak of hope?: Searching for a language of life in faith and politics, A.A. Boesak : book review

Volume 41, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 0256-9507



Here is another of Boesak's significant contributions to the development of a much needed political spirituality in South Africa (see his The Tenderness of Conscience [2005]). It is unashamedly political in the best sense of the word as it seeks to impacts on the polis or community. It does not hesitate to use God's name or character in the same sentence as those of political leaders. Boesak even takes courage and names the devils in South African and other societies as part of his quest for greater meaning in life and in his search for a closer relationship with God through God's people. Although this book is concerned with justice, Boesak hardly uses the word. His prime focus is on hope linked to faith, though it is about fulfilling righteousness by righting wrongs with a particular focus on contemporary South Africa and Obama's USA.

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