The Bonhoeffer Legacy

The Bonhoeffer Legacy: Australasian Journal of Bonhoeffer Study Vol 2

Terence Lovat
Copyright Date: 2014
Published by: ATF (Australia) Ltd.
Pages: 104
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    The Bonhoeffer Legacy
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    "Research Articles: Resurrection and Reality in the Theology of Dietrich Bonhoeffer Christopher RJ Holmes Bridging the Gap: Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s Early Theology and its Influence on Discipleship Joseph McGarry Binding Sovereignties: Dietrich Bonhoeffer and the Virtues Dallas Gingles Hermann Sasse and Dietrich Bonhoeffer: Churchmen on the Brink Maurice Schild ‘Lord of the (Warming) World’: Bonhoeffer’s Eco-theological Ethic and the Gandhi Factor Dianne Rayson & Terence Lovat Other Article: The Bonhoeffer Society as Mentor Keith Clements Book Reviews: Derek McDougall Maurice Schild Gordon Watson"

    eISBN: 978-1-922239-91-4
    Subjects: Religion

Table of Contents

  1. Front Matter
    (pp. i-ii)
  2. Table of Contents
    (pp. iii-iii)
  3. Contributors
    (pp. iv-iv)
  4. Editorial
    (pp. v-vi)
    Terence Lovat
  5. Research Articles
    • Resurrection and Reality in the Theology of Dietrich Bonhoeffer
      (pp. 1-12)
      Christopher RJ Holmes

      Dietrich Bonhoeffer has a rather profound understanding of the Gospel. What renders it profound is its steadfast yielding to a particular person. That person is of course Jesus Christ, crucified and risen. For Bonhoeffer, Jesus Christ is neither an idea nor a symbol, one who instantiates something greater than himself, for example justice, of which he may be said to be an exemplar of sorts. Rather, Jesus Christ is a living person who as such is present. His presence is precisely what generates statements about his identity as true God and true human. In other words, that we can and...

    • Bridging the Gap: Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s Early Theology and its influence on Discipleship
      (pp. 13-31)
      Joseph McGarry

      In January 1961, Eberhard Bethge gave the Aldin Tuthill Lectures at Chicago Theological Seminary, under the title ‘The Challenge of Dietrich Bonhoffer’s Life and Theology’.¹ These lectures, still very early in the development of Bonhoeffer reception—particularly for the English speaking world—gave an overview of his life and thought. In specific, Bethge sought to demonstrate a broad continuity within Bonhoeffer’s work, even as he acknowledged significant transitions and maturation along the way. Bethge urged his listeners to see Bonhoeffer as a theologian ahead of his time, rejecting talk of the orders of creation when they were coming into vogue...

    • Binding Sovereignties: Dietrich Bonhoeffer and the Virtues
      (pp. 32-44)
      Dallas Gingles

      Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s provocative and complicated conception of responsibility and freedom has intrigued scholars since the 1960’ s, with the first wave of critical work on Bonhoeffer, and is currently enjoying resurgence as we approach the seventieth anniversary of his death. Variously conflated with radical politics on the one hand, and contemporary evangelical cultural concerns on the other, the historical Bonhoeffer’s participation in the anti-Nazi resistance is called as witness for any number of overlapping, and starkly opposing, political and ethical ends.¹ At the risk of wading into waters that are already too muddy, I will address Bonhoeffer’s ethics of responsibility...

    • Hermann Sasse and Dietrich Bonhoeffer: Churchmen on the Brink
      (pp. 45-56)
      Maurice Schild

      InBonhoeffer Down UnderJohn Moses highlighted the coming of Professor Hermann Sasse to Australia.¹ Earlier Robert Banks had called him ‘ Australia’s most distinguished acquisition from the Continental theological scene’.² However, Sasse’s name is perhaps not well known beyond Lutheran circles.

      Like Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Hermann Sasse trained in Berlin and worked there as a pastor before the outbreak of World War II. He was Bonhoeffer’s senior by almost ten years. The two men collaborated in Confessing Church causes. Contrast as well as fascinating convergences mark their different ways. Though both were baptised in the church of the Old Prussian...

    • ‘Lord of the (Warming) World’: Bonhoeffer’s Eco-theological Ethic and the Gandhi Factor
      (pp. 57-74)
      Dianne Rayson and Terence Lovat

      Bonhoeffer’s eco-ethic, emanating largely from his understanding of God who would be ‘Lord of the World’ in Christ, provides a framework for approaching the challenge of climate change. Whilst what can be gleaned of Bonhoeffer’s eco-theology remains firmly grounded in his Christology, this paper explores the relationship between Gandhi’s, and hence, Indian natural theologies, on the one hand, and, on the other hand, Bonhoeffer’s own evolving natural theology concerning humanity’s relationship with the rest of creation. The case rests partly on clear coincident thinking between the two men but also sufficient evidence in Bonhoeffer’s writings to raise the question of...

  6. Other Article
    • The Bonhoeffer Society as Mentor
      (pp. 75-82)
      Keith Clements

      Just what is the International Bonhoeffer Society, at any rate its English-language Section? Back in 1980, as I was leaving for my first experience of an International Bonhoeffer Congress, at Oxford, my wife wanted to know whether this was the theological equivalent of the Elvis Presley movement. A good question, though so far I don’t think our Newsletter has been reporting claimed sightings of Bonhoeffer in obscure cafés or shopping malls. But it’s a question which I imagine is quite seriously exercising all our minds right now, just as we are celebrating the completion of the publication of the Dietrich...

  7. Book Reviews
    • Bonhoeffer the Assassin? Challenging the Myth, Recovering His Call to Peacemaking. By Mark Thiessen Nation, Anthony G Siegrist and Daniel P Umbel (Grand Rapids, Michigan: Baker Academic, 2013). ISBN 978-0-8010-3961-4. Price: US$21.77 (272 pages).
      (pp. 83-87)
      Derek McDougall
    • Die Finkenwalder Rundbriefe. Briefe und Texte von Dietrich Bonhoeffer und seinen Predigerseminaristen 1935–1946 (Herausgegeben von Ilse Tödt, Gütersloher Verlagshaus, 2013), 709 pages.
      (pp. 87-92)
      Maurice Schild
    • The Reluctant Revolutionary: Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s Collision with Prusso-German History. by John Moses. (New York & Oxford: Berghahn Books). ISBN 978-1-84545-531-6 . Price $US 120.00/£75.00 (298 pages).
      (pp. 92-95)
      WG Watson
  8. Notes for Contributors
    (pp. 96-98)
  9. Back Matter
    (pp. 99-99)