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Letters and Papers from Prison (Dietrich Bonhoeffer Works, Vol. 8) Hardcover – June 1, 2010
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Eberhard Bethge, who originally collected and published this material under the title "Widerstand und Erbegung," knew how important and powerful this collection of letters were, but was also understandably humble about publishing a collection in which he himself figures so prominently. So he focused on publishing Bonhoeffer's ethics first, only later issuing this collection. Ever since it was published, it has caused a stir in Bonhoeffer studies, because it forces readers to re-think much of what they think they know of Bonhoeffer, especially through is most popular works like Discipleship (Cost of Discipleship) and Life Together.
Central to this re-appraisal is the concept he is developing of "religionless Christianity." Here's a very important passage:
"A few more words about "religionlessness." You probably remember Bultmann's essay on "demythologizing the New Testament." My opinion of it today would be that he went not "too far," as most people thought, but rather not far enough. It's not only "mythological" concepts like miracles, ascension, and so on (which in principle can't be separated from concepts of God, faith, etc.!) that are problematic, but "religious" concepts as such. You can't separate God from the miracles (as Bultmann thinks); instead, you must be able to interpret and proclaim them both "nonreligiously.Read more ›
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So very helpful as I prepare for ordination and work in prison ministry.Published 21 months ago by gchrystie
A long read, but an absolutely marvellous insight to Bonhoeffer and his beliefs. One must set aside some quiet time to absorb what he is saying.Published on July 29, 2013 by Robert T. Wilson