The Ubuntu Theology of Desmond Tutu
Revised and Updated
Afterword by The Most Reverend Katharine Jefferts Schori
ISBN/Prod. Code: 978-0-8298-1833-8
“Battle’s exposition of Tutu’s theology lets the reader see into the intricate underpinnings of this ubuntu theology….demonstrates how Tutu’s ubuntu theology is rooted in worship.”
—from the Afterword by The Most Reverend Katharine Jefferts Schori, 26th presiding bishop
of the Episcopal Church in the United States of America
“Will appeal to a broad readership in the academy and the church. Persons interested in social justice issues will find it especially provocative because it speaks volumes about the ways in which conflicting human identities can be approached and addressed in theory and practice. In this age of mounting emphasis on issues of diversity and multiculturalism, a more relevant and timely work is unthinkable.”
—Lewis V. Baldwin, professor of religious studies, Vanderbilt University
Reconciliation is Battle’s highly original analysis of Bishop Tutu’s theology of ubuntu—an African concept recognizing that persons and groups form their identities in relation to one another. This model proved successful in opposing the apartheid racism in South Africa, but it also offers a Christian paradigm for resisting oppression wherever it appears.
Using a wide range of primary sources from Tutu, as well as a number of secondary sources, Battle shows Tutu as not only a dynamic preacher and at times an unwilling politician, but a genuinely committed theologian whose deepest roots are in prayer and protest.
MICHAEL BATTLE is provost and canon theologian of the Cathedral Center of St. Paul in the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles and was adjutant to Archbishop Desmond Tutu from 1993 to 1994. Battle earned his Ph.D. from Duke University and his M.Div. from Princeton Theological Seminary. He is the author of numerous books and articles on Christian non-violence, human spirituality, and African Church studies. For additional information about the author, visit http://www.michaelbattle.com/