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  • Paperback: 608 pages
  • Publisher: Fortress Press (October 23, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0800683269
  • ISBN-13: 978-0800683269
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.3 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
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"All students of Bonhoeffer will relish this new translation and expanded edition of his indispensable Ethics. The power of Bonhoeffer's word shines more brightly than ever." --Jean Bethke Elshtain "University of Chicago"

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By C. Thompson on January 9, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Ethics is a difficult work to encounter, largely because the work was unfinished when Bonhoeffer was arrested and imprisoned. Most versions of Ethics require an editor to arrange the manuscripts into a coherent whole - but this being the "Works" edition includes all of the information (including notes about context and translation from German) surrounding the writing of the Ethics manuscript.

This is the version to get if you want "completeness", in-depth discussion, or research purposes (the volume contains an exhaustive bibliography) but it might not be for the casual reader that wants an overview of Bonhoeffer's formulation of ethics. (Otherwise, you might not understand why you are reading a chapter titled "History and Good" twice!)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Robert Scott on March 23, 2010
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I can attest that this is an excellent book, however the "Look Inside" view is NOT of 'Ethics'. The 'Look Inside' view is of Vol. 10.

If you want to see the basic content of 'Ethics' I suggest you look in the Touchstone edition of the book.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By dizzy dean on March 30, 2009
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Bonhoeffer fleshes out the theology of what the responsible person is. He makes the argument that we cannot compartmentalize our faith and our lives in reality--something we all too readily do. He believes that we must not only live as good people individually (or, as he rephrases the issues, trying to do what God wants) but that we are social creatures and therefore must try to live within a good society that we help create. Interestingly, he ties this to the state. A breathtaking passage involves his invoking the void which threatens all of us (I take it to mean that he is referring not just to evil, but also to materialism/secularism) and that it is the state--flawed as it is--which acts as a "restrainer" on evil. This section alone is worth the price of the book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By jackie d on April 28, 2013
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Being Lutheran, Bonhoeffer is quite the example. This book is a translation from his natural German. Not only that, it was a book he never finished, so there are explanations of why parts seem disjointed. It's a good read...not an easy read, not a fast read. If not for a class I would not have read it. I also have his biography...better for getting to know the man.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By jennifer davis on February 2, 2014
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The man gave his life to the will of God. A courageous example. This work is poignant and deserves consideration.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Wil Roese on March 18, 2007
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In the fist chapter Bonhoeffer argues against the notion that what is spiritual is good and what is physical is evil. In the second he turns our focus from asking what is good to asking what is the form of Christ in the church today. He than gives a short history how the West has become godless
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Content 5++ stars.
This is vintage Bonhoeffer: insightful, challenging, thought provoking. Highly recommend this. The Fortress Works of Bonhoeffer far and away the best editions. There is lot of material here about the background and ordering (as it was unfinished at Bonhoeffer's death). A gold mine. Nearly 600 pages, so not a small book.

Took away one star for the poor quality binding and paper (expect more from Fortress - their NT Wright volumes are bound to last 100 years). For a paperback that is this expensive, you expect better quality paper, at least you expect WHITE paper! The paper is coarse, yellow and not inviting at all. The kindle edition are also hampered by poor formatting. This is sad as excellent electronic versions are available from a major Bible study company (think word...).

Overall
- Content is EXCELLENT
- Binding is not likely to last prolonged use (bound like a pulp fiction not an enduring classic it is)
- kindle edition is annoying - use a better electronic edition.
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More About the Author

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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