Book Review

Please read the following from two recent reviews of John de Gruchy’s The End is Not Yet

“John de Gruchy has given us a theological treatise for our times. In this Kairos moment of political and social upheaval, he asks, “Is this the end?” And if not, what do we need to do? Drawing on his own long experience as a politically-involved theologian in South Africa and his expert knowledge of the works of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, De Gruchy is able to persuasively assess the nature of the times in which we live, and to offer insights on how we (the church) should now live.”

—Jonathan Huggins, Stellenbosch Theological Journal, vol. 4, no. 1 (2018): 543-545.

“Some historical moments demand to be seen as ‘turning points’ or ‘crises’— moments in which the stakes of living truthfully are raised, and the call to discern wisely and act responsibly is felt with greater urgency. It is with such a moment in view that Fortress Press has launched a new series of digest-style volumes called ‘Dispatches: Turning Points in Theology and Global Crises’.

In the series’ first offering John W. de Gruchy addresses the political and social issues highlighted by the election of Donald Trump. The title of this book comes from Matthew 24:6–8: “You will hear of wars and rumours of wars; see that you are not alarmed; for this must take place, but the end is not yet…. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places: all this is but the beginning of the birth pangs.” De Gruchy discovers in Jesus’ apocalyptic teaching that ‘the end is not yet’ a clearing for a responsible Christian eschatological discourse amidst the thicket of popular rhetoric about the ‘end times’. In this regard, a key insight that runs through the book like a golden thread is Bonhoeffer’s distinction between ‘the ultimate’ and ‘the penultimate’. …

The End Is Not Yet is a gem of a book, written with prophetic insight and pastoral sensitivity by a seasoned theologian. I found it to be instructive, accessible and a pleasure to read; it is highly recommended for anyone who feels bewildered by our times, and who cares about the legacy this generation will pass on to the next.”

—Helgard Pretorius, International Journal of Public Theology, vol. 12 (2018): 471–473.