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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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Victoria Barnett is director of the programs and research on religion and the Holocaust at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Wash- ington, DC. She is also one of the general editors of the Dietrich Bonhoeffer Works, the English translation series of Bonhoeffer’s complete works being published by Fortress Press. She is the author of For the Soul of the People: Protestant Protest against Hitler (1992) and Bystanders: Conscience and Complicity during the Holocaust (1999), and editor/translator of Wolfgang Gerlach’s And the Witnesses were Silent: the Confessing Church and the Jews (2000) and the new revised edition of Eberhard Bethge’s Dietrich Bonhoeffer: A Biography (2000). Joel Burnell has lived in Poland since 1981. He originally came to train leaders through a partnership between Campus Crusade for Christ and the Oasis (Light-Life) Movement, a renewal group in the Roman Catholic Church. Since 1993 he has taught ethics and theology at the Evangelical School of Theology, an interdenominational seminary in Wroclaw, Poland. His studies in Polish messianism (a 19th century romantic version of libera- tion theology) and Dietrich Bonhoeffer are captured in his book, Poetry, Providence and Patriotism (2009). Carlos R. Caldas received his doctorate in Religious Studies from São Paulo Methodist University (2000), Brazil, with a dissertation on the late Puerto Rican theologian and missiologist Orlando Costas. Prof. Caldas has authored four books and edited two others. An ordained Presbyterian pas- tor, Caldas is currently lecturer of Theology at the Biblical Institute of the Assemblies of God in Pindamonhangaba...

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