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God Is Not a Christian: And Other Provocations Hardcover – May 3, 2011
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“His unofficial legacy will be his life and the story of how this tiny pastor with a huge laugh from South Africa became our global guardian.” (Time magazine)
“For decades [Tutu] has been a moral titan—a voice of principle, an unrelenting champion of justice, and a dedicated peacemaker ... an outspoken voice for freedom and justice in countries across the globe; a staunch defender of the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender persons ...” (President Barack Obama)
“An ideal calling card for this magnificent apostle of peace and fellowship. The selections span four decades of Tutu’s advocacy for tolerance, justice, and forgiveness.” (Booklist)
From the Back Cover
In this essential collection of Desmond Tutu’s most historicand controversial speeches and writings, we witness hisunique career of provoking the powerful and confronting theworld in order to protect the oppressed, the poor, and othervictims of injustice.
Renowned first for his courageous opposition to apartheidin South Africa, he and his ministry soon took on internationaldimensions. Rooted in his faith and in the values embodiedin the African spirit of ubuntu, Tutu’s uncompromisingvision of a shared humanity has compelled him to speakout, even in the face of violent opposition and virulent criticism,against political injustice and oppression, religiousfundamentalism, and the persecution of minorities.
Arranged by theme and introduced with insight andhistorical context by Tutu’s biographer, John Allen, thiscollection takes readers from the violent apartheid clashesin South Africa to the healing work of the Truth andReconciliation Committee; from Trafalgar Square after thefall of the Berlin Wall to a national broadcast commemoratingthe legacy of Nelson Mandela; from Ireland’s Christ ChurchCathedral in Dublin to a basketball stadium in Luanda,Angola. Whether exploring democracy in Africa, the genocidein Rwanda, black theology, the inclusion of gays andlesbians in the church, or the plight of Palestinians, Tutu’smessage of truth is clear and his voice unflinching.
In a world of suffering and conflict, where human laws alltoo often clash with God’s law, Tutu’s hopeful, timeless messagesbecome increasingly necessary and powerful with eachpassing year—and are needed now more than ever.
Top Customer Reviews
My only disappointment with this volume is that the entire writings were not included. This may have been for many reasons, but I am always left to wonder if whoever edited the documents did so to avoid contradictions that may have appeared in the original words. This is a relatively small issue in relation to the power of Tutu's words and message, but it did detract from the power of an otherwise impressive book.
1: Advocate of Tolerance and Respect, 2: International Campaigner for Justice, 3: Voice of South Africa's Voiceless, and 4: South Africa's Conscience), each with multiple chapters. Every item includes a brief introduction that provides the reader with background information about its original usage.
Tutu's words are practical, powerful, and provocative. Tutu argues rather convincingly, based in large part on the equality of persons who have all been created in God's image, for Christian leadership in global human rights issues by humble servant leaders. In sharing pieces of his own life story and understanding of God's preferential option for the poor, Tutu's texts serve as invitations to the whole body of Christ and the global human family to continue pressing forward in seeking justice and human rights for all people.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
To judge Christianity because of some imperfect Christians is as absurd as judging all dogs because of some bad dogs. Read morePublished 22 months ago by T. R. Temple
This is a tiresome revision of Universalism. All paths do not lead to heaven and that truth escapes Tutu.Published on October 22, 2014 by christopher raczka
Interesting that a Nobel Peace Prize Winner Chooses a title for his book that insults 25% of the worlds population. Read morePublished on June 25, 2014 by Yankee Fan