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Rabble-Rouser for Peace: The Authorized Biography of Desmond Tutu (2006)

by John Allen

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Naast biografie is dit boek ook een geschiedenis van de Zuid-Afrikaanse apartheidspolitiek. Maar bovenal is het een levensbeschrijving van een bijzonder mens die zijn pastorale taken als priester uitbreidde met strijd tegen de apartheid en daarmee tot de belangrijkste leider van Zuid-Afrika uitgroeide. Het is Tutu’s verdienste dat het land na de afschaffing van de apartheid géén bijltjesdag kende en dat middels de waarheids-en verzoeningscommissie het volk weer in een zekere harmonie aan haar toekomst kon gaan werken. Het leven van Tutu staat geheel in het teken van zijn geloof dat -in zijn woorden- je voorziet van kracht om je folteraars aan te kijken, te beseffen dat ze je nodig hebben en dat je de bereidheid moet tonen om hen in de gelegenheid te stellen hun menselijkheid weer in bezit te nemen. Uitgerust met deze uitgangspunten, en zijn mediagenieke eigenschappen, heeft hij de strijd tot het bittere eind gevoerd: nooit bang en met opgeheven hoofd, maar altijd zijn tegenstander als medemens accepterend. Zo’n vastberadenheid onder helse omstandigheden blijven preken is een welhaast bovenmenselijke prestatie.

Na de vrijlating van Mandela, verkoos hij geen politieke rol meer te spelen en concentreerde hij zich weer op kerkelijke en pastorale activiteiten Ook dat tekent de man !

Waarschijnlijk is het nog te vroeg om Tutu in een volledig historisch perspectief te plaatsen, vast staat naar mijn mening wél dat hij een onmisbare invloed heeft op de vorming van het nieuwe Zuid-Afrika.

De leeftijd waarop je er helden op nahoudt ligt (ver) achter mij, maar er blijven wel mensen waarin je een soort kompasnaald herkent; Tutu behoort -ondanks het feit dat ik geen geloof praktiseer- tot mijn selecte groepje mensen die zo’n rol vervullen. ( )
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God bless Africa/ Guard our children/ Guide our leaders/ And give us peace. -- adapted from a prayer by Trevor Huddleston, Community of the Resurrection
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0743269373, Hardcover)

To be a rabble-rouser for peace may seem to be a contradiction in terms. And yet it is the perfect description for Desmond Tutu, Nobel laureate and spiritual father of a democratic South Africa. Tutu understood that justice -- a genuine regard for human rights -- is the only real foundation for peace. And so he stirred up trouble, courageously engaging in heated face-to-face confrontations with South Africa's leaders; he stirred up trouble in the streets, leading peaceful demonstrations amid the barely controlled fury of police battalions; he stirred up trouble on the world stage, seeking international disinvestment in the apartheid economy.

Tutu has led one of the great lives of the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries, and to read his story in full is to be reminded of the power of one inspired man to change history. In this authorized biography, written by John Allen, a distinguished journalist and longtime associate of Tutu, we are witnesses to courage, stirring oratory, and a demonstration of the power of faith to transform the seemingly intransigent.

We know in retrospect that the apartheid resistance movement was successful and that South Africa, though not without its problems, today faces an infinitely brighter future than it might if it had not been for the efforts of Desmond Tutu, Nelson Mandela, and other leaders.

But no such outcome was ever a certainty. Through the author's personal experiences, total access to the Tutu family and their papers, and considerable research, including the use of new archival material, Allen tells the story of a barefoot schoolboy from a deprived black township who became an international symbol of the democratic spirit and of religious faith.

Allen personally observed how Tutu, at genuine risk to his own safety, repeatedly intervened between armed soldiers and stone-throwing students to keep the peace, how he faced constant death threats and angrily stood up to the leaders of the cruel apartheid system. Using his own faith as a cudgel, Tutu asked those officials to confront their own Christian background and made them reconcile their actions with their own professions of belief.

Often through the sheer power of moral example and with a lyrical command of the English language, Tutu was able to appeal to the conscience of the world and to the emotions of an angry crowd in the streets. And then, when the battle for South African rights was finally won, it was Tutu who insisted on finding a path to forgive the former oppressors by strongly backing and serving on the unprecedented Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

Today, the archbishop continues to appeal to the world's conscience by opposing the continuance of war and the inadequacy of the international response to the AIDS/HIV crisis sweeping Africa. He has led a life of commitment, one that continues to matter.

John Allen has movingly captured the flavor and details of that life and marshaled them into a commanding story, one that sheds light on the struggles and triumphs of our times.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:24:43 -0400)

"To be a rabble-rouser for peace may seem to be a contradiction in terms. And yet it is the perfect description for Desmond Tutu, Nobel laureate and spiritual father of a democratic South Africa. Tutu understood that justice - a genuine regard for human rights - is the only real foundation for peace. And so he stirred up trouble, courageously engaging in heated face-to-face confrontations with South Africa's leaders; he stirred up trouble in the streets, leading peaceful demonstrations amid the barely controlled fury of police battalions; he stirred up trouble on the world stage, seeking international disinvestment in the apartheid economy." "Tutu has led one of the great lives of the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries, and to read his story in full is to be reminded of the power of one inspired man to change history. In this authorized biography, written by John Allen, a distinguished journalist and longtime associate of Tutu, we are witnesses to courage, stirring oratory, and a demonstration of the power of faith to transform the seemingly intransigent." "We know in retrospect that the apartheid resistance movement was successful and that South Africa, though not without its problems, today faces an infinitely brighter future than it might if it had not been for the efforts of Desmond Tutu, Nelson Mandela, and other leaders." "But no such outcome was ever a certainty. Through the author's personal experiences, total access to the Tutu family and their papers, and considerable research, including the use of new archival material, Allen tells the story of a barefoot schoolboy from a deprived black township who became an international symbol of the democratic spirit and of religious faith." "Allen personally observed how Tutu, at genuine risk to his own safety, repeatedly intervened between armed soldiers and stone-throwing students to keep the peace, how he faced constant death threats and angrily stood up to the leaders of the cruel apartheid system. Using his own faith as a cudgel, Tutu asked those officials to confront their own Christian background and made them reconcile their actions with their own professions of belief." "Often through the sheer power of moral example and with a lyrical command of the English language, Tutu was able to appeal to the conscience of the world and to the emotions of an angry crowd in the streets. And then, when the battle for South African rights was finally won, it was Tutu who insisted on finding a path to forgive the former oppressors by strongly backing and serving on the unprecedented Truth and Reconciliation Commission." "Today, the archbishop continues to appeal to the world's conscience by opposing the continuance of war and the inadequacy of the international response to the AIDS/HIV crisis sweeping Africa. He has led a life of commitment, one that continues to matter."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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