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