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Ethics Paperback – September 1, 1995
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A couple of difficulties I had were that many sections were left incomplete with a bare outline to indicate where he was heading. Also, some of the latter portion of the book was very heavy on historical Lutheran wrtings, of which I am quite unfamiliar.
It was certainly stimulating for me as an american to read a quite different perspective on some issues, e.g. submissive relationships. It is typical in this country for people to feel that all rules should apply equally to all. Of course this is absurd when applied to parent/child or teacher/student or ruler/subject relations. Since ethics has to do with how people act towards other people, the actual type of relationship involved has to play a role in how to think about ethical behaviour from one individual to another.
In an time where secularity is in the mainstream of modern thought, Bonhoeffer's Ethics is a must-read, with regards to Christian behaviour in a modern era.
In this (unfinished) book, Bonhoeffer focuses on the realms of both Heaven and of man, and finely describes how the two are inter-related, and yet separate, outlining true Christianity action, behaviour through love and compassion. As far as Christian action is concerned, he emphasizes the necessity to react against injustice and cruelty, as opposed to a legislated, perhaps even non-existant Christian ethos.
Bonhoeffer's unfortunate and untimely death at the hands of Nazi Germany leaves this book partially incomplete, and to some degree, not fully arranged, thus the footnotes are of utmost importance; A primer on the basic rights of man/social contract might also aid the uninitiated reader. In the end, however, Bonhoeffer's insight is as timely now as it was when he wrote it. Refreshing and vividly spiritual, it is both a comfort and food for thought.
As when reading The Cost of Discipleship, I found myself understanding and agreeing with Bonhoeffer most of the time, but at times I couldn't quite connect - perhaps because I haven't reached the depth of his faith or his sensitivity to the issues on which he wrote.
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Great insight concerning true biblical ethics. Bonhoeffer does not just share theology but practical knowledge to be applied to daily living.Published 17 days ago by Sheldon L. Malone
I was pleased with the book and the timeliness in delivery.
Dietrich Bonheoffer is a deeply spiritual man who lived what he spoke. He also wrote the Cost of Discipleship which is wonderful read and I go back and read it again, often. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Sharron Heenan