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Glauben als Leben

Dietrich Bonhoeffer und die nichtreligiöse Interpretation biblischer Begriffe

Ralf K. Wüstenberg

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Wahrheit, Recht und Versöhnung

Auseinandersetzung mit der Vergangenheit nach den politischen Umbrüchen in Südafrika und Deutschland

Ralf K. Wüstenberg

Das Buch leistet einen Beitrag zum Verständnis der zentralen Begriffe in gesellschaftlichen Übergangsprozessen und wählt zwei spezifische Kontexte: «Wahrheit», «Recht» und «Versöhnung» in Südafrika und Deutschland. Es werden die Vorträge einer Tagung der Evangelischen Akademie von Berlin-Brandenburg dokumentiert, die in internationaler Besetzung vom 29.-31.8.1997 in Berlin-Wannsee stattfand. Zu den Beitragenden gehörten u.a. Wolfgang Huber (Bischof der Evangelischen Kirche von Berlin-Brandenburg), Ruben Richards (Exekutivsekretär der Wahrheits- und Versöhnungskommission), Christoph Schaefgen (Generalstaatsanwalt beim Landgericht Berlin) und Ehrhart Neubert (Fachbereichsleiter der Abteilung Bildung und Forschung bei der Gauck-Behörde). Neben der juristischen und politologischen Betrachtung der gesellschaftlichen Dimension der Versöhnung kommt in den Beiträgen vor allem der theologischen Perspektive eine Bedeutung zu. Wie verhält sich das politische Konzept der Versöhnung zu seinem theologischen Anspruch? Muß auf das «Recht» verzichtet werden, wo es um «Versöhnung» geht? Kann allein auf die «Wahrheit» gesetzt werden, wo ein Land seine Vergangenheit bewältigt? Das neue Südafrika und das wiedervereinigte Deutschland sind besonders interessante Kontexte, in denen die theologisch wie politisch befrachteten Begriffe «Wahrheit», «Recht» und «Versöhnung» diskutiert werden.
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Ralf K. Wüstenberg

Wie wird Dietrich Bonhoeffer in Südafrika, England, Amerika und Südostasien gelesen? Dieser Band vereint internationale Perspektiven auf den Theologen und Widerstandskämpfer, wobei die Beiträge kontextspezifische Antworten suchen sowie je eigene «kontextuelle» Zugänge in der Aneignung der Theologie Dietrich Bonhoeffers bieten. Kontext bedeutet dem Wortsinn nach zunächst das, was den Text umgibt. Bei der Lektüre der Beiträge dürfte allerdings rasch deutlich werden, dass die Sache sehr schnell sehr viel komplizierter wird, nicht zuletzt weil das, was den Text umgibt durch so unterschiedliche Lesarten bestimmt ist – von Südafrika bis Südostasien.
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Bonhoeffer and Beyond

Promoting a Dialogue Between Religion and Politics

Ralf K. Wüstenberg

What might the often cited phrases from Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s prison theology mean for the ethical discourse at the beginning of the 21 st century? Which hermeneutical concepts might enable contemporary religious thinkers to enter into a dialogue with Bonhoeffer’s thought? This collection of lectures will address questions like these both by examining the intellectual, cultural and historical origins of Bonhoeffer’s Tegel Theology and by drawing out the ethical consequences of Bonhoeffer’s contribution for current political discourses. Going Bonhoeffer and Beyond – as the title indicates – means interpreting contemporary issues like religious pluralism and political ethics in the light of Bonhoeffer’s key ideas such as his Christological «life-concept» or his ethical distinction between the «ultimate and the penultimate things».
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Religion, Religionlessness and Contemporary Western Culture

Explorations in Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s Theology

Stephen Plant and Ralf K. Wüstenberg

This first volume of the new series International Bonhoeffer Interpretations (IBI) contains several impulses for translating Bonhoeffer’s key ideas on Religion, Religionlessness and the Church into current contexts. These impulses vary from prospects for a Christian university looking at Bonhoeffer’s distinction between the ‘ultimate and the penultimate things’ to an ethical understanding of Bonhoeffer’s ‘as-if-theology’ in the light of Luther’s distinction between law and gospel; from a fresh perspective on Bonhoeffer’s religionless Christianity in the light of his thought on ‘oikumene’ to a Christological re-interpretation of repentance as the contribution of religionless Christianity to the task of the Church in the United States of America. The impulses are framed by programmatic contributions suggesting a framework for reading Bonhoeffer in the 21 st century in his hermeneutic exploration of Bonhoeffer’s theology and the crises of Western culture, and analyzing ‘religionless Christianity’ in a complexly religious and secular world.
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God Speaks to Us

Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s Biblical Hermeneutics

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Edited by Ralf K. Wüstenberg and Jens Zimmermann

Bonhoeffer was convinced that God spoke to his people through the Bible. How did a theologian of his caliber, who was well acquainted with the historical-critical interpretation of the scriptures, justify such a claim, and how did he apply this conviction to his daily challenges as theologian, pastor and political dissident during the Nazi regime? This book presents the attempts by a group of international Bonhoeffer scholars to answer some of these questions. By approaching Bonhoeffer’s theology from a number of different hermeneutical angles, the contributions in this volume cast new light both on his more general hermeneutical framework and on specific theological and political issues concerning his reading of the Bible. The essays underline Bonhoeffer’s contemporary relevance for the current resurgence of theological interpretation and for postmodern discussions about the interpretive nature of truth.
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Bonhoeffer and the Biosciences

An Initial Exploration

Ralf K. Wüstenberg, Stefan Heuser and Esther Hornung

The hermeneutics of human life is one of the most challenging issues in the fields of bioscience and of ethics today. Recent breakthroughs in bio science challenge the prevalent metaphors and paradigms which define human life in the human and natural sciences, that influence our understanding of «diseases», «illness», «therapy», «aging», «dying», and, consequently, also shape medical practice. In the essays collected in this book, scientists, ethicists, philosophers and theologians bring Bonhoeffer’s ethics and his theological anthropology into dialogue with bioscience and explore current bioethical and anthropological issues. All articles were first presented as lectures at the Third International Bonhoeffer Colloquium at Freie Universität Berlin, 2009. Bonhoeffer’s Ethics, as presented in this book, helps to articulate a semantics of human life which stimulates a debate between science and ethics, and which assists in finding fresh ways for understanding human life and the related tasks of scientific research and medical practice.
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Edited by Ralf K. Wüstenberg, Stephen Plant, Christiane Tietz and Jens Zimmermann

This new series on the theology of Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1906-1945) seeks to offer what its title promises by presenting interpretations of his thought from international perspectives. The term interpretation is meant to indicate both careful analysis of Bonhoeffer’s texts and the creative exploration of his theological ideas in order to gauge their relevance for contemporary issues of interpretation, religion, politics, and culture. The editors hope that this series will promote greater awareness of Bonhoeffer’s international significance and facilitate research from a variety of cultural and disciplinary perspectives.

The series IBI will include the conference proceedings of the annual International Bonhoeffer Colloquia (IBC) which are organized by the editors of the series. These colloquia concentrate on different aspects of Bonhoeffer’s theology and try to coordinate the international network of Bonhoeffer projects. Their focus is the exchange and cooperation among younger research fellows dealing with the theology of Dietrich Bonhoeffer. The new series will also include monographs and essay collections which reflect on the new perspectives Bonhoeffer’s theology opens up for current challenges experienced by an increasingly international global community.

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Prof. Dr. Ralf K. Wüstenberg
Prof. Dr. Christiane Tietz

Prior to publication, the quality of the works published in this series is reviewed by editors of the series.