Bredenkamp hailed at book launch

2011-03-01 00:00

THE late Professor Vic Bredenkamp — well known and much loved community figure — was honoured at Woodgrove Retirement Village recently by the posthumous launch of his book What and Why — 101 Questions on the Bible and Religion.

The book was officially published just one week before he died on February 3.

“Sadly, he missed the launch, but a crowd of almost 200 attended and paid respect to this humble yet authoritative theologian,” said his daughter, Ingrid Roberts.

Oxford and Princeton university-educated, Bredenkamp spent most of his life teaching at the local university and then, in retirement with his wife Marie, taught adult literacy in informal settlements and behind the bars of many provincial prisons.

The publisher, the Reverend Ken Leverton, said of the book, “Let’s be honest — What and Why will not be counted among the great Christian classics.

“This was not Vic’s intention. Vic wanted a book that would be useful. And so he has left us a short book, in which he has distilled something of the wisdom of all his years in academia, into a format which non-academics can easily access.”

Leverton said Bredenkamp does not for a moment suggest that these answers are the only possible answers to these questions.

“He does not want to claim that these answers represent the final word on the subject in every case. But these answers do offer helpful insights, they can bring clarity, they will shed light and they will contribute to a deeper understanding of some aspects of our faith.”

This book is but one of the many legacies he leaves behind.

For more information about the book, e-mail Vic Bredenkamp’s daughter at or call 083 535 7354.

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