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Christ the Center (Harper's Ministers Paperback Library) Paperback – September 1, 2009
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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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Hard to read because he didn't seem to value "great plainness of speech". The wisdom of men is foolishness to God. Read morePublished on July 16, 2014 by H. Garcia
Well explained and translated. Loved the insight Bonhoeffer always has. Read this first and now 'The Cost of Discipleship'. Both are Bonhoeffer classics and must reads.Published on July 5, 2013 by MLB
Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1906-1945) was a German Lutheran pastor and theologian, as well as a participant in the German Resistance movement against Nazism. Read morePublished on April 26, 2012 by Steven H Propp
It is nice to get a book that is in the condition that is advertised. I am looking forward to the opportunity to read this book, but I have a couple in front of it. Read morePublished on January 26, 2011 by gisperky