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Discipleship (Dietrich Bonhoeffer Works, Vol. 4) Paperback – June 1, 2003
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Dietrich Bonhoeffer (190645) studied in Berlin and at Union Theological Seminary in New York, played a central role in the Confessing Church during the Nazi period, and has become one of the most influential theologians of the twentieth century. John D. Godsey is Professor Emeritus of Systematic Theology at Wesley Theological Seminary, Washington, D.C. Geffrey B. Kelly is Professor of Systematic Theology at LaSalle University, Philadelphia. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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A brief note on this edition of the book:
The Bonhoeffer Works series is a must-own collection for serious students of Dietrich Bonhoeffer. The updated translation is excellent, and though there are times when one longs for a particular turn of phrase from older translations there is little doubt that what is presented here is closer to the actual thought of the author. One place where the new translation is weaker (to my way of thinking) is its use of gender neutral language. I'm not opposed to changing the dominant masculine on ideological grounds, but there are times when a graceful or elegant turn of phrase becomes clunky or a the author's meaning is obscured because of it. The introductions, afterwards, bibliography, indexes, and extensive notation apparatus are invaluable tools that enable the reader to go deeper into the text when he/she wants to without being so obtrusive that they preclude him/her from simply taking in the words of the author.
"Discipleship" is Bonhoeffer's original title of what was eventually translated from German and released in the US as "The Cost of Discipleship". I tried to read "The Cost of Discipleship" over 25 years ago but I guess I wasn't at the right spot in my Christian walk to appreciate what he was saying and gave up after the first couple dozen pages. That was then. Now I am beginning my second reading and using it more as a study guide.
I highly recommend reading the biography of Bonhoeffer ( see my other review ) prior to reading this book. It makes the footnote and references easier to understand and enhances your understanding of what was happening at the time. It is not a requirement for understanding the message and call of "Discipleship" but it helps to understand Bonhoeffer’s frame of mind as he worked and reworked the manuscript during very tubulent years.
Bonhoeffer puts forth a lot of very radical ideas here. The idea of the Church being the physical manifestation of Christ, and therefore vicariously representing Christ on earth is brilliant. Bonhoeffer completely redefines ontology and personhood. Bonhoeffer argues, "The new human being is not the single individual who has been justified and sanctified; rather, the new human being is the church-community, the body of Christ, or Christ himself." The implications of this train of thought on philosophy, theology, ontology, ethics, race issues, ecclesiology, etc. are staggering. And yet Evangelicals skip over these ideas and only talk about Bonhoeffer's concept of cheap and costly grace. While that is a great meditation on the role of grace in our lives, there's so much more to this book.
Having a knowledge of Bonhoeffer's life, particularly his role in the conspiracy against Hitler, his context in Nazi Germany, and his disgust with the holocaust, is essential to fully understanding this work. According to the German editors of this volume, this work is entirely bound up in Bonhoeffer's life, inseparably so.
This critical edition is essential reading. The editors do a great job of providing contextual footnotes to help the reader understand many of the concepts presented here and how they are being built on the foundation of his early academic theology. The foreword and afterword are incredibly helpful as well.
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words are as meaningful today as they were when Hitler rose to power.