The tenderness of conscience : African renaissance and the spirituality of politics

Boesak, Allan (2005)

CITATION: Boesak, A.A. 2005. The tenderness of conscience : African renaissance and the spirituality of politics. Stellenbosch: SUN PRESS. doi:10.18820/9781919980812.

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BOOK BLURB: With this book theologian and political observer Allan Boesak once again displays the strengths of his writings that were evident in the seventies and eighties: bringing Christian theology to bear on the political and socio-economic realities of our world. This time the emphasis falls on President Thabo Mbeki’s idea and ideal of an African Renaissance and its interaction with globalization, continental politics and the political dynamics in South Africa as they pertain to the burning issues of our time: reconciliation, the role of the church in post-apartheid South Africa, the centrality of religious faith in the struggle for freedom, and Allan Boesak’s assertion that “just as we had a spirituality of struggle, so South Africa needs a spirituality of politics”. The Tenderness of Conscience is a passionate, eloquent and entirely convincing book, not just in its treatment of the issues, but also in its forthright and mind-broadening conversation with President Thabo Mbeki. It is a clarion call for the transformational presence of the religious voice in politics – a voice that speaks up for the well-being of the entire nation.

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