Item description for Christ the Center (Harper's Ministers Paperback Library) by Dietrich Bonhoeffer...
Overview Probes basic Christological questions by examining the historical Christ and his role in religion together with the form of the present Christ and His place at the center of history and human existence
Here is the key to thought of one of our time's central moral figures. It reveals Bonhoeffer's deep, firm roots in Christian doctrine, and it relates that doctrine to twentieth-century decisions every Christian must face. Essential for those interested in the developement of Bonhoeffer's thinking, Christ the Center is as well an important addition to Christological thought and a clear guides to how we are to believe and act in the uncertainty of the times. These lectures originally delivered at the University of Berlin (reconstructed by Eberhard Bethge from students' notes) have been completely retranslated by Edwin Robertson for this new edition.
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More About Dietrich Bonhoeffer
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 Nazis, which led to his arrest in 1943. Linked to the group of conspirators whose attempted assassination of Hitler failed, he was hanged in April 1945.
Dietrich Bonhoeffer was born in 1906 and died in 1945.
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Dietrich Bonhoeffer Works (Hardcover)
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Dietrich Bonhoeffer Worksreader's Edition
Dietrich Bonhoeffer-Reader's Edition
Harper's Ministers Paperback Library
Indiana Series in the Philosophy of Religion (Paperback)
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A difficult gem Jan 10, 2006
Christ the Center is an incredible, somewhat flawed re-envisioning of Christology-in fact, of Christian theology as a whole. Bonhoeffer turns the usual exercise of Christology as an elaboration of the qualities of Jesus Christ and the relationship between elements of the alphabet soup of Nicea and Chalcedon on its head, declaring that these traditional declarations of the Church are useful in reigning in conceptions of Christ that inappropriately objectify God, but they do not constitute a positive contribution to our understanding of God.
The middle section steps back from this a bit and feels rather doctrinaire. If one does not subscribe to the formulae of the ecumenical councils Bonhoeffer talks about, it is hard to see why one should be convinced by his statements about the various heresies. However, he closes the second part (and thus the book-the third part is missing) with an exploration of Christ that is as shocking and radical as it is faithful to Scripture and the experience of the Church.
With all that, there is no doubt this book is very, very challenging. It reads fairly easily (with some clunkiness no doubt resulting from the translation), but its proposals are so revolutionary in many cases that it is hard to wrap one's head around them and really understand all their implications. Christ the Center is worth reading many, many times, but not just once.
The great German theologian puts first things first May 19, 2001
After seminary taught me how to dissect the Bible and faith, this pre-WWII work by the disciple of "costly grace" helped me put it back together. It is thoroughly academic, and it is unswerving in its insistence that questions of Biblical criticism cannot be placed before and above the question of our relationship to Christ. When Christ is the center, the world looks different than we arrogantly thought it would when looking from the outside in.
Who? Apr 29, 2001
In his book (lecture), Christ the Center, the great German theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer seeks to show a Christology that emphasizes a new angle from which to view Christ, while keeping Christ at the center of all consideration and study. For Bonhoeffer, the key to the new understanding of Christ is to change from asking "How" he is what he is to asking "Who" he is. The decisive question is always; Who is Christ? In Mark 8:29 Jesus asks this crucial question to his disciples. The asking the `who' question rather than the `how' moves Christ closer to the center. Bonhoeffer's theology radiates from Christ at the center. Christ can be found in the Word (logos), in the sacraments and members of the church, and is also the mediator of all earthly existence and history. Christ is always the center, and the only center. Bonhoeffer's style is very German. I found the book in places to be superfluously worded, a bit erudite, and dogmatic. I felt he used the "proof by repeated assertion" method to make his point. I agree with his suggestion to view Christ from different perspectives, breaking down the barriers that some views might impose. Still, I feel that when all "who" questions are asked, we still come around to needing to ask the "how" questions. It can not be avoided in a post-Enlightenment, scientific thinking world. I feel the need to ask `how'" the "who" will answer all my question. Maybe it is just the semantics that confused me.
Cost of Discipleship Jan 8, 2000
This is an amazing book which will challenge the way you think about Christianity. Bonhoeffer brings up issues of grace, faith, and obiedence which will compel anyone to reflect on their faith in Jesus Christ. It is a wonderful and intellectual book for anyone who wants to know what REAL Christianity is.
An excellent exposition of Jesus as the center of all. May 7, 1999
The book is very philosophical and filled with the language of theology. It pushes toward the question of all Christian theology: where is the place of Jesus of Nazareth in our faith? I think that Bonhoeffer's deductions are right on.