Rick Turner as … Theologian?

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  • 1 Jesuit Institute of South Africa anthegan2@gmail.com
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Abstract

This article proposes that Rick Turner needs to be considered as a theologian as well as a philosopher. It examines the sources behind his ‘religious’ writings, notably The Eye of the Needle, to understand the theological world view he had imbibed before he wrote it. It then looks at how he framed the book theologically and how theology informs the whole text. In light of this, its similarity with roughly contemporary works of liberation theology, and the way it anticipated currents within the subsequent church engagement in the anti-apartheid struggle, the proposal is made that he should be called a South African theologian.

Contributor Notes

Anthony Egan is a Jesuit priest based at the Jesuit Institute South Africa, Johannesburg. He lectures part time at the Steve Biko Centre for Bioethics, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of the Witwatersrand. E-mail: anthegan2@gmail.com

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