John W. de Gruchy

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John W. de Gruchy
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Born (1939-03-18) 18 March 1939 (age 83)
Academic background
Alma materUniversity of Cape Town, Rhodes University, Chicago Theological Seminary, University of Chicago
Academic work
InstitutionsUniversity of Cape Town, University of Stellenbosch

John W. de Gruchy (born 18 March 1939) is a Christian theologian known for his work resisting apartheid. He is presently Emeritus Professor at the University of Cape Town and Extraordinary Professor at the University of Stellenbosch.[1][2]


A native of Pretoria, South Africa, de Gruchy studied at the University of Cape Town, Rhodes University, Chicago Theological Seminary and the University of Chicago. He has two doctorates, one in theology and another in the social sciences, and a number of honorary doctorates.[1]

For many years, he was Robert Selby Taylor Professor of Christian Studies at University of Cape Town. He remains an Emeritus Professor at the University of Cape Town and holds a post as an Extraordinary Professor at the University of Stellenbosch.[2] A feschrift was published in his honor in 2002.[3]

Some of his earliest works were written in the midst of apartheid in South Africa, speaking out against the legislation and engaging the theology of Dietrich Bonhoeffer to argue for the liberation of the oppressed.[4][5] After apartheid legislation was abolished in 1991, de Gruchy wrote a number of works speaking about the theological role of art in society[6] and advocating for a theology of reconciliation.[7]


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  1. ^ a b "John de Gruchy". The Conversation. Retrieved 29 October 2017.
  2. ^ a b John W. de Gruchy (2 May 2015). "Brief Bio". John de Gruchy: Theologian and Woodworker. Retrieved 29 October 2017.
  3. ^ Holness, Lyn; Wüstenberg, Ralf K., eds. (2002). Theology in Dialogue: The Impact of the Arts, Humanities, and Science on Contemporary Religious Thought : Essays in Honor of John W. de Gruchy. Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans Publishing. ISBN 978-0-86486-605-9.
  4. ^ de Gruchy, John W. (1979). The Church Struggle in South Africa. Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans. ISBN 978-0-8028-1786-0.
  5. ^ de Gruchy, John W. (1984). Bonhoeffer and South Africa: Theology in Dialogue. W.B. Eerdmans. ISBN 978-0-8028-0042-8.
  6. ^ de Gruchy, John W. (2001). Christianity, Art and Transformation: Theological Aesthetics in the Struggle for Justice. Cambridge University Press. ISBN 978-0-521-77205-1.
  7. ^ de Gruchy, John W. (2002). Reconciliation: Restoring Justice. Fortress Press. ISBN 978-1-4514-1161-4.