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  • Series: Harper's Ministers Paperback Library
  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: HarperOne; 1 edition (September 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060608110
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060608118
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.3 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #162,882 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“It would be impossible to overrate Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s importance as a disciple, a great Christian and moral leader.” (JOHN MACQUARRIE, The New York Times Book ReviewJOHN MACQUARRIE, The New York Times Book ReviewJOHN MACQUARRIE, The New York Times Book ReviewJOHN MACQUARRIE, The New York Times Book ReviewJOHN MACQUARRIE, The New York Times Book ReviewJohn Macqu)

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Text: English, German (translation)

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Dietrich Bonhoeffer was born in Breslau in 1906. The son of a famous German psychiatrist, he studied in Berlin and New York City. He left the safety of America to return to Germany and continue his public repudiation of the Naz*s, which led to his arrest in 1943. Linked to the group of conspirators whose attempted assassination of Hitlerr failed, he was hanged in April 1945.

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30 of 33 people found the following review helpful By (Rev.)Paul Dinkel on May 18, 2001
Format: Paperback
After seminary taught me how to dissect the Bible and faith, this pre-WWII work by the disciple of "costly grace" helped me put it back together. It is thoroughly academic, and it is unswerving in its insistence that questions of Biblical criticism cannot be placed before and above the question of our relationship to Christ. When Christ is the center, the world looks different than we arrogantly thought it would when looking from the outside in.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Jordan B. Cooper on September 1, 2008
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I had never heard of this book of Bonhoeffer's but saw the title and immediately decided to pick it up. I had previously read Cost of Discipleship and Ethics, which I greatly appreciated. From all the Bonhoeffer writings I have read one thing is very clear: Christ is indeed the center of his thought. Thus, to understand Bonhoeffer, one needs to understand his view of Christ.
As a conservative Christian, there were certain things that I do disagree with in Bonhoeffer, such as his acceptance of some historical critical ideas. Nonetheless, the good far outways the bad. In the first section of the book, Bonhoeffer contends that we must not ask the question "how?" when talking of Christ, but of "Who?" The question of how is not to be understood by us, however the question of who is answered when we understand that God was incarnate as man for us. We can only understand Him in so far as he reveals Himself to us and for us. Bonhoeffer contends that Christ is present in the church today through the preaching of the word and the sacraments. Christ is to be the center of all theology, but also of historiography and all other disciplines.
The second part of this book contains a very detailed discussion of Christological heresy. Bonhoeffer defends Chalcedonian Christology, arguing against monophysitism, docetism, nestorianism, arianism and ebionism. There is also a detailed discussion of Lutheran Christology and the communicatio idiomatum. Bonhoeffer defends against liberalism that Christ is indeed a real historical figure, but not only a historical figure. He is the ever present Godman.
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22 of 28 people found the following review helpful By fried_fat@hotmail.com on January 7, 2000
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This is an amazing book which will challenge the way you think about Christianity. Bonhoeffer brings up issues of grace, faith, and obiedence which will compel anyone to reflect on their faith in Jesus Christ. It is a wonderful and intellectual book for anyone who wants to know what REAL Christianity is.
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18 of 23 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 6, 1999
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The book is very philosophical and filled with the language of theology. It pushes toward the question of all Christian theology: where is the place of Jesus of Nazareth in our faith? I think that Bonhoeffer's deductions are right on.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Holly Garcia on July 16, 2014
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Hard to read because he didn't seem to value "great plainness of speech". The wisdom of men is foolishness to God.

Is Christ's blood and body physically present in the eucharist? Roman Catholics say yes, so if you are of that persuasion, then you will be fine with this book. (see page 57)

The church is the body of Christ, but is the Church Christ? (Read page 57-58, he thinks so). I won't type it all out, but I have been studying and did an article on my site Redeeming Moments, because there were several things in several books, including his questioning of the historicity of the resurrection. I am still going through nine of his books, but I would not recommend any Bonhoeffer for Christians desiring the truth.

The following is a summary of beliefs and influence of Dietrich Bonhoeffer as taken from some of the over 14 books and documents attributed to him:

1. Bonhoeffer believed that “God is teaching us that we must live as men who can get along very well without Him. The God who is with us is the God who forsakes us.” Bonhoeffer also believed that the concept of God as a “supreme Being, absolute in power and goodness,” was a “spurious conception of transcendence,” and that “God as a working hypothesis in morals, politics, and science … should be dropped, or as far as possible eliminated” (Letters and Papers from Prison, S.C.M. Press edition, Great Britain: Fontana Books, 1953, pp. 122, 164, 360).

2. He believed that mankind had become of age and no longer needed religion, which was only a deceptive garment of true faith; he suggested the need for a “religionless Christianity.
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16 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on April 28, 2001
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In his book (lecture), Christ the Center, the great German theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer seeks to show a Christology that emphasizes a new angle from which to view Christ, while keeping Christ at the center of all consideration and study. For Bonhoeffer, the key to the new understanding of Christ is to change from asking "How" he is what he is to asking "Who" he is. The decisive question is always; Who is Christ? In Mark 8:29 Jesus asks this crucial question to his disciples. The asking the `who' question rather than the `how' moves Christ closer to the center. Bonhoeffer's theology radiates from Christ at the center. Christ can be found in the Word (logos), in the sacraments and members of the church, and is also the mediator of all earthly existence and history. Christ is always the center, and the only center. Bonhoeffer's style is very German. I found the book in places to be superfluously worded, a bit erudite, and dogmatic. I felt he used the "proof by repeated assertion" method to make his point. I agree with his suggestion to view Christ from different perspectives, breaking down the barriers that some views might impose. Still, I feel that when all "who" questions are asked, we still come around to needing to ask the "how" questions. It can not be avoided in a post-Enlightenment, scientific thinking world. I feel the need to ask `how'" the "who" will answer all my question. Maybe it is just the semantics that confused me.
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