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This Companion serves as a guide for readers wanting to explore the thought and legacy of the great German theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1906-45). Its chapters, written by authors from differing national, theological and church contexts, provide an introduction to, and commentary on, Bonhoeffer's life and work, guiding the reader along the paths of his thought. Experts set out Bonhoeffer's political, social and cultural contexts, and offer biographical information that is indispensable for the understanding of his theology. There is a chronology and a glossary.

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"...this Companion will serve as a useful, accessible resource both for new and experienced readers of Bonhoeffer, and it is hoped that Cambridge University Press will continue this fine series to include other prominent Christian theologians to accompany their future generations of readers as well." Journal of Church and State

"Those who are fairly well acquainted with Bonhoeffer's life, thought and work will find little new here. Those not so well versed in the Bonhoeffer's lore will be rewarded with a fine introduction to this "martyr" of the Nazi regime." Church History

..."fine collection of essays" Religious Review

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521587815
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 9/28/2010
  • Series: Cambridge Companions to Religion Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 281
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.71 (d)

Table of Contents

Notes on contribtuors; Preface; Glossary; Chronology; Part I. Bonhoeffer's Life and Legacy: 1. Bonhoeffer's Germany: the political context John A. Moses; 2. The life of Dietrich Bonheffer F. Burton Nelson; 3. The formation of Bonhoeffer's theology Martin Rumscheidt; 4. Bonhoeffer's literary legacy Wayne Floyd Whitson Jr; 5. The reception of Bonhoeffer's theology John W. de Gruchy; Part II. Major Themes in Bonhoeffer's Theology: 6. Human sociality and Christian community Clifford Green; 7. 'Who is Jesus Christ, for us, today?' Andreas Pangritz; 8. Ecumenical witness for peace Keith Clements; 9. Costly discipleship Haddon Willmer; 10. Church, state, and the 'Jewish Question' Ruth Zerner; 11. The ethics of responsible action Larry Rasmussen; 12. Christianity in a world come of age Peter Selby; 13. Prayer and action for justice: Bonhoeffer's spirituality Geffrey B. Kelly; Select English bibliography; Index.

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