A hope unprepared to accept things as they are”: Engaging John de Gruchy’s challenges for “Theology  at the edge”

Allan Boesak


This article argues, in conversation with the work of John de
Gruchy, for the continuation of the struggle for the integrity of the prophetic
witness of the church in the world. Prophetic theology is, as all true prophetic
theology always is, indeed a theology “on the edge” – always on the edge of
challenge and risk, of confrontation with the powers and principalities of our
present age. The article also challenges the waves of Christian neo-fundamentalism
washing over Africa and much of the global South with its toxic neo-colonialist
package deal of scriptural selectivity, violent homophobia, patriarchal power, and
anti-justice agenda. Prophetic theology should be much better prepared to take on
the challenges posed by it. Prophetic theology, furthermore, is not rooted in the
hope of acceptance by those who rule the world, but grounded in the hope that is
unprepared to accept the world as it is and as the powerful have made it; a hope in
the reign of God that will overcome the reign of terror that rules our


Prophetic theology; Justice; The church struggle; De Gruchy; Hope

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5952/55-Supp%201-685


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