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Bonhoeffer, Religion and Politics

Tietz, Christiane / Zimmermann, Jens (eds.)

Bonhoeffer, Religion and Politics

4th International Bonhoeffer Colloquium

Series: International Bonhoeffer Interpretations - Volume 4

Year of Publication: 2012

Frankfurt am Main, Berlin, Bern, Bruxelles, New York, Oxford, Wien, 2012. 155 pp.
ISBN 978-3-631-63988-7 hb.  (Hardcover)

Weight: 0.300 kg, 0.661 lbs

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Book synopsis

Bonhoeffer’s stance on political issues has been the focus of considerable research. Insufficient attention has been given, however, to the theoretical foundations of Bonhoeffer’s political theology, that is, to the fundamental elements and concepts that shape his understanding of religion’s relation to politics. This volume aims to redress this oversight in Bonhoeffer studies. The collected essays show how Bonhoeffer’s theological core convictions resulted in assumptions about the nature and goal of politics that remain relevant for today. The contributions to this volume document the 4th International Bonhoeffer Colloquium which took place in Mainz, Germany, in 2010 and was funded by the Fritz-Thyssen-Foundation.


Contents: Clifford Green: Christus in Mundo, Christus pro Mundo. Bonhoeffer’s Foundations for a New Christian Paradigm – Michael P. DeJonge: Bonhoeffer’s Concept of the West – Philip G. Ziegler: Christ’s Lordship and Politics. Visser ‘t Hooft and Bonhoeffer – Barry Harvey: The Path of the Church’s Decision. Bonhoeffer on Church, «Politics» and the State – Stefan Heuser: Bonhoeffer on the Renewal of Political Practices – Gotlind Ulshöfer: Bonhoeffer’s Understanding of Reality, Responsibility, and Happiness as an Orientation for the Relationship between Politics and Economics in a Time of Change – Eva Harasta: Christ Becoming Pluralist. Bonhoeffer’s Public Theology as Inspiration for Inter-Religious Dialogue.

About the author(s)/editor(s)

Christiane Tietz is Professor for Systematic Theology at the University of Mainz. She taught at the Universities of Tübingen, Heidelberg and at Union Theological Seminary, New York City, and was Member in Residence at the Center of Theological Inquiry, Princeton, in 2007/08. She is the President of the International Bonhoeffer Society (German Section) and is on the Editorial Board of the Dietrich Bonhoeffer Yearbook.
Jens Zimmermann is Professor of English and Canada Research Chair in Religion, Culture and Interpretation at Trinity Western University, Canada. He has published extensively on continental philosophy (Heidegger, Levinas, and Gadamer), literary theory and theology. Zimmermann has edited two books on Bonhoeffer.


International Bonhoeffer Interpretations. Vol. 4
Editor in charge: Ralf K. Wüstenberg