239pp., paperback, Stellenbosch, 2019
Allan Boesak expands on his 2017 Yale Divinity School Beecher Lectures, in which he responds to the questions facing Black liberation theology today.
"In the current context of global growth of nationalism, popularism, racism, xenophobia, homophobia, and pushback on gender justice, Children of the Waters of Meribah by Allan Boesak offers a timely lens through which to understand Jesus' statement in John 10:10, which says: 'The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.' He is reminding us that Black Theology provides one perspective to interpret the intersection of race, gender, class, and biblical scholarship when reading the signs of our times. I find his analysis and reflections very inspiring and I recommend the book to theology students, academics, church leaders, and laity. It is a welcome addition to the Black Theology discourse with a global outreach." Isabel Apawo Phiri, Deputy General Secretary, World Council of Churches
"In what I consider to be his best work in a post-apartheid context, Allan Aubrey Boesak demonstrates a sharp and brilliant mind that is able to engage critically with the demands of decoloniality today. Noting that for the African Christian, the issues of the Christian faith and being African are two equal yet conflicting elements ... Boesak nonetheless reminds this African Reformed Christian that although many strides had been made since the inception of the Reformation, the issues of our Africanness are yet to be dealt with ethically and profoundly." Rothney S. Tshaka, Director, School of Humanities, College of Human Sciences, University of South Africa
Allan Boesak is Research Associate at the Faculty of Theology and Religion, University of Pretoria. His books include Dare We Speak of Hope: Kairos, Crisis and Global Apartheid and Pharaohs on Both Sides of the Blood-Red Waters.