Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Authored by: John W. De Gruchy

The Routledge Companion to Modern Christian Thought

Print publication date:  March  2013
Online publication date:  October  2013

Print ISBN: 9780415782173
eBook ISBN: 9780203387856
Adobe ISBN: 9781136677922

10.4324/9780203387856.ch20

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Abstract

The theology of Dietrich Bonhoeffer is often associated with certain ideas that have become embedded in contemporary theological discourse, such as “religion-less Christianity.” But Bonhoeffer's theology cannot be reduced to slogans, or even to those key concepts that are rightly identified as central to his legacy. In addition to his thorough training in philosophy and the classics, his theology was deeply grounded in his study of the Bible, the tradition of the Church, and the confessions of the Reformation. In highlighting certain salient features of his theology, for example, his Christology, we must not assume that he was weak on the doctrine of the Trinity or the Holy Spirit. In this chapter we can only scratch the surface of the remarkable depth and range of his theological knowledge as reflected in the sixteen volumes of the new English translation of his works (Dietrich Bonhoeffer Works in English, DBWE).

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