The Place of Bonhoeffer: Problems and Possibilities in His Thought

The Place of Bonhoeffer: Problems and Possibilities in His Thought

The Place of Bonhoeffer: Problems and Possibilities in His Thought

The Place of Bonhoeffer: Problems and Possibilities in His Thought

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By Martin E. Marty

The thing that keeps coming back to me is, what is Christianity, and indeed what is Christ, for us to-day?

--DIETRICH BONHOEFFER, 1944

Dietrich Bonhoeffer, a Witness of Jesus Christ among his brothers. Born 4 February 1906 in Breslau; Died 9 April 1945 in Flossenbürg.

--A PLAQUE ERECTED BY HIS FRIENDS

Bonhoeffer was a very sophisticated theologian, at home in all the niceties of theological speculation.

--REINHOLD NIEBUHR, 1948

WHAT is the place of Dietrich Bonhoeffer? The question is no longer important for his place in the Modern Acts of the Apostles. There it is secure. It is not important in any sort of status scale of theologians: was he a major-minor theologian or a minor-major theologian? Or, even worse, must it be decided whether or not he was the theologian for our day, as overzealous admirers have suggested? By speaking of the place of Bonhoeffer the eight writers of this book are trying to locate his methods and emphases in the various disciplines of theological study. However important other questions may be . . .

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