John de Gruchy is one of the leading English language theologians of his generation, an expert on Bonhoeffer, and well known for a wide range of theological writing. His son Steve showed every sign of stepping into his fatherâ€s shoes. In 2010, however, he was tragically drowned in a diving accident. This book is the record of John and his wife Isobelâ€s attempt to come to terms with his death, from the standpoint of their Christian faith, and in particular in terms of their faith in the resurrection. Moving and profound, it offers an account of how faith deals with tragedy without cheap consolation and allowing for the full measure of grief.
This is a courageous piece of theological thinking, not simply because of the tragic circumstances from which it emerged, but also the intellectual daring that is so evident. John de Gruchy is an internationally recognised theologian, but with profound and unsettling questions spurring him on, he enters territories, poetic and scientific, in his demand for a faith that can stand before and in divine mystery. This is a compelling piece of writing and a great book.
In a moving tribute to his son who died tragically in a boating accident, John de Gruchy with his usual persuasiveness helps to reassert mystery as a credible and indispensable religious category.It is a 'must read'.
This book had to be written. Gather a group of friends to discuss and ponder it.
Steve de Gruchy, one of South Africa's bright lights, drowned at age 48. The tragedy and loss stopped his family in its tracks and forced a deep reexamination of Christian faith's most basic claims. Pushed and pulled into previously unexperienced depths of life and death, John de Gruchy, his father, set upon the hard, exacting theological journey, with Led into Mystery the result. Readers can only be grateful.
Led into Mystery also had to be written because of science's challenges to religious truth, especially neuroscience. de Gruchy, keenly aware and respectful of these challenges to faith and the reality of death, faces them straightforwardly. Here, too, readers are the benefactors.