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Bonhoeffer, Religion and Politics

4 th International Bonhoeffer Colloquium


Edited By Christiane Tietz and Jens Zimmermann

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 4 th International Bonhoeffer Colloquium which took place in Mainz, Germany, in 2010 and was funded by the Fritz-Thyssen-Foundation.


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Michael P. DeJonge is Assistant Professor and Director of the Graduate Program in Religious Studies at the University of South Florida. He earned his PhD in Religion (Historical Studies in Theology and Religion) from Emory University, with dissertation research at the Freie Universität Ber- lin supported by the Fulbright Commission and the Berlin Program for Advanced German and European Studies. He is the author of Bonhoeffer's Theological Formation: Berlin, Barth, and Protestant Theology. Oxford Univer- sity Press 2012 and co-editor with Clifford Green of The Bonhoeffer Reader, appearing with Fortress, in Press 2013. Clifford Green is Professor Emeritus of Theology at Hartford Seminary, Conecticut, and Executive Director of the Dietrich Bonhoeffer Works Eng- lish Edition. His doctorate is from Union Theological Seminary, New York, and his main teaching appointments were at Wellesley Colletge, Goucher College, and Hartford Seminary. He is on the Editorial Board of the Diet- rich Bonhoeffer Yearbook, and was editor or co-editor of seven volumes in the English and German editions of the Bonhoeffer Works. Eva Harasta is Privatdozentin and pastor-in-training in the Austrian Lu- theran Church. She has taught at the Universities of Bamberg, Vienna and at Union Theological Seminary, New York City. Her main research interests besides Bonhoeffer's theology are ecclesiology, prayer as a systematic-theo- logical theme and the doctrine of sin. Barry Harvey is Professor of Theology at Baylor University (USA), or- dained Baptist minister, and member of the Editorial Board of the Dietrich Bonhoeffer Works (DBWE) and of the Ekklesia Project. His...

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