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Bonhoeffer and Interpretive Theory

Essays on Methods and Understanding


Edited By Peter Frick

How does the contemporary reader make sense of the life and writings of such an icon as Dietrich Bonhoeffer? The essays in this volume seek to address this question by carefully examining the social, cultural, religious and intellectual locations that inform the Sitz im Leben of a vast readership of Bonhoeffer. The focus of each of the essays is thus on the task of articulating and clarifying a hermeneutically self-conscious and responsible approach to interpreting and understanding Bonhoeffer. The authors come from widely divergent backgrounds, both geographically and intellectually, and therefore offer a wide spectrum of dialogue. Methods and approaches examined in the essays discuss themes such as gender, religion, race, ecology, politics, philosophy, literature among others.


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Preface 7 Peter Frick Understanding Bonhoeffer: from Default to Hermeneutic Reading 9 Markus Franz Inside and Beyond the “Bonhoeffer-Archive” – Foucaultian Reflections on the Discourse of Bonhoeffer’s Life and Theology 27 Lisa E. Dahill “There’s Some Contradiction Here”: Gender and the Relation of Above and Below in Bonhoeffer 53 Josiah Young Dietrich Bonhoeffer and Three Black Writers: James W. Johnson, Langston Hughes and Countee Cullen 85 Carlos R. Caldas Interpreting Bonhoeffer “From Below” in the Context of Latin American Povertyy 99 Robert R. Vosloo Interpreting Bonhoeffer in South Africa? The Search for a Historical and Methodological Responsible Hermeneutic 119 Andres S. K. Tang Interpreting Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s Theology of Sociality through the Lens of Confucianism Humanism 143 Paul S. Chung Interpreting Dietrich Bonhoeffer in East Asian Perspective: Theologia Crucis, Minjung, and Buddhist Compassion 159 Joel Burnell Dietrich Bonhoeffer and the Polish Opposition (1968–1989) 183 Victoria J. Barnett Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s Relevance for a Post-Holocaust Christian Theology 213 Eva Harasta Bonhoeffer’s Lutheran Ecclesiology and Inter-Religious Dialogue: A Dogmatic Reading of Bonhoeffer 239 Larry Rasmussen Bonhoeffer: Ecological Theologian 251 Index 269 Appendix 275 Contributors 279 Editors of International Bonhoeffer Interpretations 282 6 Contents

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