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Sanctorum Communio: A Theological Study of the Sociology of the Church (Dietrich Bonhoeffer Works, Vol. 1) Hardcover – November 19, 1998


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  • Hardcover: 340 pages
  • Publisher: Fortress Press (November 19, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0800683013
  • ISBN-13: 978-0800683016
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 6.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #248,456 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This is an enormous venture, Fortress Press, with the blessing of the International Bonhoeffer Society, is publishing a critical, studied, clarifying, and . . . standard-setting, if not normative version. [Dietrich Bonhoeffer] is in the select company of the giants of this century who still challenge new generations even as his writings startle us seniors with their freshness." -- - --Martin Marty, Context

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Text: English (translation)
Original Language: German

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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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I am halfway through Act and Being and hope soon that i can start the book that i set out to read in the first place.
Wilson Pruitt
I truly appreciated the extent to which Bonhoeffer expressed the need to understand the church within the confines of community and relationship.
Michael C. Boling
The work that went into producing this edition of Dietrich Bonhoeffer's works is nearly as impressive as Bonhoeffer's work in writing it.
K. Schultz

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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Wilson Pruitt on May 8, 2002
Format: Hardcover
I discovered Bonhoeffer after a short remark by my pastor and suddenly a new world was opened to me.
It was great. I loved his style and this edition with all of the notes and notes on the notes and notes on the editions etc.
The book discusses the importance of the church community and how it is essential for christians and as the author put, "A christian who stays away from the assembly is a contradiction in terms."
I chose to read this book first because i had wanted to read "The Cost of Discipleship" but i wanted to go in order as this handsome series publishes them. I am halfway through Act and Being and hope soon that i can start the book that i set out to read in the first place. However, i know i can say now that i am not disapointed in the journey.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Justin Hyde on March 31, 2011
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Recently I decided to make my way through Bonhoeffer's collected works in order. Sanctorum Communio, Bonhoeffer's doctoral dissertation (completed in 1927; first published in 1930), is volume 1. In this, his first published work, Bonhoeffer lays the rich and complex foundation for much (if not all) of his future work.

Here he artfully outlines and weaves together the Christian concepts of person, community, church, brokenness, and love. We see glimpses in Sanctorum (written for the academy) of what would be further developed in works such as Life Together (written for the church): "The Spirit is only in the church-community, and the church-community is only in the Spirit" (144). And, "`To be in Christ' is synonymous with `to be in the church-community'" (140).

This book, along with the other 15 volumes of Bonhoeffer's works, is meticulously arranged and annotated by its editors. This addition is a helpful tool for serious students of the 20th century martyr, but a potential distraction (and overkill) for those new to his work. I would not recommend this book to novice readers, nor as an entry point into Bonhoeffer's works. Yet, as the editor notes in his introduction, "Understanding the theology of Dietrich Bonhoeffer requires a thorough understanding of Sanctorum Communio" (1).

To the newcomer: Beware. To the eager and experienced: Enjoy.
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15 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Noah G Tutak on September 4, 2006
Format: Hardcover
This book is my first attempt at reading Bonhoeffer. I had heard of him for a number of years, and recently viewed a PBS special on his life that piqued my curiousity. I decided to delve into his works and figured what better place to start than the beginning. Fortunately reading through Bonhoeffer's works in an orderly fashion is possible due to the publication of "Dietrich Bonhoeffer Works", the sixteen volume series in English. According to the web site of Fortress Press, the publisher of the series, it is "The definitive Englishtranslation of the Critical Edition. A comprehensive and thoroughly annotated sixteen-volume resource for the study of Bonhoeffer in thewider frame of twentieth-century thought and history." I am very impressed by the format, the footnotes, and the supplemental information, and would highly recommend that if you read Bonhoeffer you read from these editions.

Sanctorum Communio is the published revision of his Doctoral thesis. As a result the work is quite scholarly and spends most of its pages in conversation with other scholars and scholarly works. My comprehension of the book as a whole would have been greatly enhanced had I had more familiarity with the works of philosophers and theologians such as Luther, Barth, and Kant, as well as many others. The first four of five chapters are spent primarily laying a philosophical and socialogical setting for Bonhoeffer's view of the church and the Church. I couldn't tell you a single thing that I learned in the first four chapters, except that my knowledge of the works of the likes of those listed above is severely lacking! If I were to read this book again, I would at least familiarize myself with some basic understanding of the frameworks that Bonhoffer references.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By K. Schultz on February 19, 2011
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The work that went into producing this edition of Dietrich Bonhoeffer's works is nearly as impressive as Bonhoeffer's work in writing it. This is the fourth edition I have purchased (also Discipleship, Ethics, and Life Together), and the editor's forewords are always thorough, intelligent, and well-written. The copious use of footnotes rather than endnotes - there is nearly as much footnote text as Bonhoeffer text on many of the pages - is perhaps my favorite touch. These are definitive editions for the English-speaking world.
This is Bonhoeffer's PhD dissertation and was written in 1930, so readers of his later works might be surprised that while he ended up a disciple, he started out a theologian. Even so I wish it were required reading for all people looking to blossom in their Christianity, as one cannot read his writings without being shaken up out of old habits and strengthened to do good in the church and in the world.
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Format: Hardcover
Dietrich Bonhoeffer was an important figure within the Confessing Church in Germany during the time of the Nazi regime of the 1930s. Many of his works are well known to include <em>The Cost of Discipleship</em> and <em>Ethics</em>. Fortress Press has released a collection of the works of Dietrich Bonhoeffer beginning with his dissertation on the role of the believer in society as well as within the church. This particular work is titled Sanctorum Communio: A Theological Study of the Sociology of the Church.

Originally completed by Bonhoeffer in 1927 and published in 1930, this work provides the reader with valuable insight into the perspective of Bonhoeffer on a number of subjects related to sin, death, collective guilt and spirit as well as how the Holy Spirit works within the church. All of these topic are addressed within the framework of what those subjects mean in relation to issues of authority, eschatology, freedom, and church functions.

There is much to enjoy in the pages of this dissertation but one must be aware that it is a scholarly work and thus reads as such. Those not familiar with reading dissertations might be a bit taken aback by the voluminous amount of footnotes. With that said, the footnotes in a scholarly style work often contain just as much if not more valuable information to read and study than the text itself. In the case of this particular dissertation, I submit that is truly the case and it speaks to the amount of study and effort Bonhoeffer put into this work.

For Bonhoeffer, there was no such thing as a believer living outside the bounds of Christian community. He rightly claims “the nature of the church can only be understood from within, cum ira et studio [with passionate zeal], never by nonparticipants.
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