Bonhoeffer and Continental Thought: Cruciform Philosophy

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Overview

Dietrich Bonhoeffer, best known for his involvement in the anti-Nazi resistance,
was one of the 20th century's most important theologians. His ethics have been a source of guidance and inspiration for men and women in the face of evil. Today, Bonhoeffer's theology is being read by
Continental thinkers who value his contributions to the recent "religious turn" in philosophy. In this volume, an international group of scholars present Bonhoeffer's thought as a model of Christian thinking that can help shape a distinctly religious philosophy. They examine the philosophical influences on Bonhoeffer and explore the new perspectives his work brings to the perennial challenges of faith and reason, philosophy and theology, and the problem of evil. These essays add
Bonhoeffer's voice to important contemporary debates in the philosophy of religion.

Indiana University Press

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
This essay collection explores relationships between the theology of 20th-century
Lutheran theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer, whom the Nazis executed for his participation in armed struggle against Hitler, and philosophy. Some essays explore the philosophical roots of Bonhoeffer's project and the ways he employed philosophy to do theological work or corrected philosophical assumptions with theological ends. Other essays show the ways Bonhoeffer's theology, especially concerning interactions between human beings, resonates with the philosophy of later Continental philosophers such as Emmanuel Levinas. This collection is insightful and its essays largely careful explorations. However, the essays are also works of fairly technical philosophy and theology that would be most useful to specialists in the field and graduate students working on original research.
Libraries with faculty who regularly teach classes on Bonhoeffer or other topics in philosophical theology may wish to consider this volume. Despite its outstanding essays, it is probably too narrow and specialized to be useful in collections that do not support significant programs in theology.
Summing Up: Recommended. Graduate students and researchers/faculty. — ChoiceA. W. Klink,
Duke University, March 2010

"This is an outstanding collection of essays that aims to read and introduce Dietrich
Bonhoeffer as a philosophical theologin." —Heythrop Journal

"Long before the authors of the Radical Orthodoxy movement sought to move beyond the hegemony of secular reason and the false humility of theology, Bonhoeffer was pressing these very same issues." —Barry Harvey, Baylor University

"Bonhoeffer and Continental Thought... is an important contribution to the philosophical understanding and application of the thought of the German theologian Dietrich
Bonhoeffer." —Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies

"After decades of focusing on Bonhoeffer's theological oeuvre, recent Bonhoeffer scholarship is finally discovering the philosophical richness that has shaped Bonhoeffer's theology in the first place. This volume is a praiseworthy effort in this respect." —Modern
Theology

"This collection is insightful and its essays largely careful explorations....Recommended. —Choice" —A.W. Klink, Duke University, March 2010

Heythrop Journal

"This is an outstanding collection of essays that aims to read and introduce Dietrich Bonhoeffer as a philosophical theologin." —Heythrop Journal

Modern Theology

"After decades of focusing on Bonhoeffer's theological oeuvre, recent Bonhoeffer scholarship is finally discovering the philosophical richness that has shaped Bonhoeffer's theology in the first place. This volume is a praiseworthy effort in this respect." —Modern Theology

Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies

"Bonhoeffer and Continental Thought... is an important contribution to the philosophical understanding and application of the thought of the German theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer." —Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies

Barry Harvey

"Long before the authors of the Radical Orthodoxy movement sought to move beyond the hegemony of secular reason and the false humility of theology, Bonhoeffer was pressing these very same issues." —Barry Harvey, Baylor University

A. W. Klink

This essay collection explores relationships between the theology of 20th-century Lutheran theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer, whom the Nazis executed for his participation in armed struggle against Hitler, and philosophy. Some essays explore the philosophical roots of Bonhoeffer's project and the ways he employed philosophy to do theological work or corrected philosophical assumptions with theological ends. Other essays show the ways Bonhoeffer's theology, especially concerning interactions between human beings, resonates with the philosophy of later Continental philosophers such as Emmanuel Levinas. This collection is insightful and its essays largely careful explorations. However, the essays are also works of fairly technical philosophy and theology that would be most useful to specialists in the field and graduate students working on original research. Libraries with faculty who regularly teach classes on Bonhoeffer or other topics in philosophical theology may wish to consider this volume. Despite its outstanding essays, it is probably too narrow and specialized to be useful in collections that do not support significant programs in theology. Summing Up: Recommended. Graduate students and researchers/faculty. -- ChoiceA. W. Klink, Duke University, March 2010

A.W. Klink

"This collection is insightful and its essays largely careful explorations....Recommended. —Choice" —A.W. Klink, Duke University, March 2010

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Product Details

Meet the Author

Brian Gregor is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Philosophy at Boston
College.

Jens Zimmermann holds a Canada Research Chair in Interpretation, Religion and Culture at Trinity Western University in Langley, British Columbia.

Indiana University Press

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Table of Contents

List of Abbreviations

Introduction: Dietrich Bonhoeffer and
Cruciform Philosophy
Brian Gregor and Jens Zimmermann

Part 1. Bonhoeffer on the Limits of Philosophy

1. Ratio in se ipsam incurva: Bonhoeffer on the Uses and Limits of Philosophy
Christiane Tietz

2. Bonhoeffer,
This-worldliness, and the Limits of Phenomenology
Paul D. Janz

Part
2. Bonhoeffer vis-à-vis Nietzsche and Heidegger

3. Aristokratisches
Christentum: On Bonhoeffer and Nietzsche
Frits de Lange

4."Who Stands
Fast?" Do Philosophers Make Good Résistants?
Jean Greisch

5.
Dietrich Bonhoeffer and Martin Heidegger: Two Different Visions of Humanity
Jens
Zimmermann

Part 3. Regarding "Religionless Christianity"

6.
Philosophical Influences on Bonhoeffer's "Religionless Christianity"
Ralf K.
Wüstenberg

7. The Non-Religious Interpretation of Christianity in
Bonhoeffer
Paul Ricoeur

8. Bonhoeffer's "Religious Clothes": The Naked
Man, the Secret, and What We Hear
Kevin Hart

Part 4. Bonhoeffer on Ethics and the Eschaton

9. Bonhoeffer's "Christian Social Philosophy": Conscience,
Alterity, and the Moment of Responsibility
Brian Gregor

10. At the
Recurrent End of the Unending: Bonhoeffer's Eschatology of the Penultimate
John Panteleimon
Manoussakis

Appendix: The Penultimate and the Precursor
List of
Contributors
Index

Indiana University Press

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