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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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Editors of International Bonhoeffer Interpretations


Stephen Plant is Dean and Fellow of Trinity Hall, Cambridge, and teaches theology and ethics in the University of Cambridge Faculty of Divinity. He has edited the journal Theology since 2008 and is the author and editor of several books on 20th century theology, including Bonhoeffer. Continuum 2004; The SPCK Introduction to Simone Weil. SPCK 2007 and Taking Stock of Bonhoeffer. Ashgate, 2013. His current research interest is theology and inter- national development. He is a Priest of the Church of England. 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 Resi- dence 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. Ralf K. Wüstenberg is Professor for systematic and historic Theology at Flensburg University. He taught at different Universities including Heidel- berg University, Union Theological Seminary, New York City, and Freie Universität Berlin. He is on the Board of the International Bonhoeffer So- ciety (German Section), and is author of several books including A Theology of Life. Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s Religionless Christianity. Wm. B. Eerdmans 1998. Jens Zimmermann is Professor of English and Canada Research Chair in Religion, Culture and Interpretation at Trinity Western University, British Columbia, Canada. He has published extensively on continental philoso- phy (Heidegger, Levinas, and Gadamer), literary theory...

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