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Statement Issued by the Board of Directors of the International Bonhoeffer Society – English Language Section, February 1, 2017

Comprising scholars and religious leaders from the United States, South Africa, New Zealand, Australia, Canada, and the United Kingdom, the purpose of the English Language Section of the International Bonhoeffer Society is to encourage critical scholarship in conversation with the theology, life, and legacy of the German pastor-theologian and Nazi resistor, Dietrich Bonhoeffer. While initiated in the United States, this statement expresses the concern, input, and support of our members in many countries that are demonstrating and protesting around the world.We speak noting that Dietrich Bonhoeffer himself taught the profound relatedness of all human persons and, indeed, of peoples and nations. We therefore feel called to raise our voices in support of justice and peace, and in resistance to every form of unjust discrimination and aggressive nationalism.

Barry Harvey, Taking Hold of the Real: Dietrich Bonhoeffer and the Profound Worldliness of Christianity, James Clarke & Co, Cambridge: 2016, xiii + 342 pages, £21.50, pbk. The subtitle of the book indicates a book in two minds, or at least with two distinct emphases. One focus is the theology, in particular the late theology, of Dietrich Bonhoeffer. The other focus is ‘the profound worldliness of Christianity’ not simply as Bonhoeffer met it in 1944/5, but the ‘worldliness’ of the world...
Universal Health Care as a Human Right: The Argument of Dietrich Bonhoeffer G. Clarke Chapman, The Edward Mellen Press, 2014 Reviewed by John W. Matthews, Apple Valley, Minnesota What an interesting – and ironic – time to review a book on universal health care in the United States. In January 2017, a President was inaugurated in Washington, DC. who was elected - and about to deliver on - a promise to undo the closest thing America has had for universal health care in...
Bonhoeffer and the Breslau Effect: Influences and Upbringing One impact a theologian or historian considers when writing biography are the early influences that made his subject the person we have come to know. These influences not only pertain to family life, but also environmental factors such as the city where one was born and culture in which one developed a worldview. So as we approach the 111th anniversary of Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s birthday (4 February 1906), I wanted to briefly explore the...
DBWE Vol. 15: Theological Education Underground: 1937-1940, Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2001. Hardcover, 725 pages Introduction Volume 15 of Dietrich Bonhoeffer Works is well worth the read. Its varied documents hail from 1937-1940. During this period, Bonhoeffer oversaw the “underground” theological education of some 67 seminarians connected with the Confessing Church. Amidst these tumultuous years, when Confessing seminaries such as Finkenwalde (see DBWE Vol. 14) were forced into closure, students continued their training through parish-based apprenticeships. Within this adaptive counter-initiative, Bonhoeffer issued...
Justice for Bishop George Bell

Justice for Bishop George Bell

12.14.2016 | News
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JUSTICE FOR BISHOP GEORGE BELL, FRIEND OF DIETRICH BONHOEFFER In October 2015 the Church of England announced that it had made a financial settlement with a claimant, known only as “Carol” to preserve anonymity, who alleged child sexual abuse against her in the late 1940s/early 1950s by George Bell, bishop of Chichester, who died in 1958. Bell is famous as an outspoken and prophetic figure for peace and justice, as the closest British friend of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, as a stalwart supporter...
Review of Paul O. Bischoff, The Secular Church, 2015; 120 pages The Secular Church is a study of the predicament of the contemporary Christian churches, guided by Bonhoeffer´s ecclesiological insights drawn from the implications of his Chalcedonian Christology. Two other main theological sources are evoked to buttress the author’s argument, Karl Barth and Martin Luther. After a short introduction announcing the denouement of Christianity, the little book unfolds in seven chapters, which may be organized into three blocks. The first,...
Early Career German-American Bonhoeffer Research Network The Bonhoeffer Chair in Theology and Ethics at Union Theological Seminary, New York, is pleased to announce a new research project: Early Career German-American Bonhoeffer Research Network, funded by the German Federal Government. Beginning in June, 2017, five German and five American scholars will meet for a weeklong seminar at Union Seminary, New York, to share research-in-progress and to organize a network for ongoing research discussion. The project will run for three years, meeting in...
The Rest of the Story: Bonhoeffer and Women

The Rest of the Story: Bonhoeffer and Women

04.15.2016 | News
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The Rest of the Story: Bonhoeffer and Women Diane Reynolds discusses her new book,The Doubled Life of Dietrich Bonhoeffer (Eugene, OR.: Wipf and Stock, 2016). Q. What is this book about? It’s a biography that focuses on the women in the life of Dietrich Bonhoeffer. Q. Why did you write it? I went to find a book on women in Bonhoeffer’s life and there were none. So I wrote the book I wanted to read. Q. That was it? As I started researching, the stories about the...

 

 

 

 

 

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