This Companion serves as a guide for readers wanting to explore the thought and legacy of the great German theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1906–45). The book shows why Bonhoeffer remains such an attractive figure to so many people of diverse backgrounds. Its chapters, written by authors from differing national, theological and church contexts, provide a helpful introduction to, and commentary on, Bonhoeffer's life, work and writing and so guide the reader along the complex paths of his thought. Experts set out comprehensively Bonhoeffer's political, social and cultural contexts, and offer biographical information which is indispensable for the understanding of his theology. Major themes arising from the theology, and different interpretations to it, lead the reader into a dialogue with this most influential of thinkers who remains both fascinating and challenging. There is a chronology, a glossary and an index.
• Introductory book on this major theologian by a range of experts • Relates Dietrich Bonhoeffer's theology to his political activity, culminating in his execution by the Nazis in 1945 • A comprehensive survey of one of the twentieth century's most profoundly moving, ethically-motivated lives
Notes on contribtuors; Preface; Glossary; Chronology; Part I. Bonhoeffer's Life and Legacy: 1. Bonhoeffer's Germany: the political context John A. Moses; 2. The life of Dietrich Bonheffer F. Burton Nelson; 3. The formation of Bonhoeffer's theology Martin Rumscheidt; 4. Bonhoeffer's literary legacy Wayne Floyd Whitson Jr; 5. The reception of Bonhoeffer's theology John W. de Gruchy; Part II. Major Themes in Bonhoeffer's Theology: 6. Human sociality and Christian community Clifford Green; 7. 'Who is Jesus Christ, for us, today?' Andreas Pangritz; 8. Ecumenical witness for peace Keith Clements; 9. Costly discipleship Haddon Willmer; 10. Church, state, and the 'Jewish Question' Ruth Zerner; 11. The ethics of responsible action Larry Rasmussen; 12. Christianity in a world come of age Peter Selby; 13. Prayer and action for justice: Bonhoeffer's spirituality Geffrey B. Kelly; Select English bibliography; Index.
'Irrespective of how well readers may already know Bonhoeffer, they will most certainly return to use this valuable resource again and again, both to learn and to be inspired.' Journal of Theology for Southern Africa