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Bonhoeffer and Interpretive Theory

Essays on Methods and Understanding

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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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Editors of International Bonhoeffer Interpretations

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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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