Christian Identity Amidst Global Contradictions

Posted on December 23, 2015 by PLT Staff

Capps lecture given by John de Gruchy at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Virginia. He discusses global contradictions that people face as they express Christian faith and identity, while striving to provide hospitality for those who are working for reconciliation, justice and healing in society. To browse all the lectures given as part of the Capps Lecture series, click here. For a listing of all our Occasional Lectures, click here.

Excerpt: “It is in relationship to ‘the other’ that we discover who we are; not in ways that lead to alienation and conflict, but rather in ways that build a common sense of humanity and serve the common good. After all, is not the church meant to be a sign of the new humanity in which all people can find a home rather than an enclave that excludes others on grounds that have nothing to do with the gospel and the embrace of Christ? Understood in this way, Christian humanism is nothing less than an affirmation of the truth claims of the gospel.”

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