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Overview One of the century's respected theologians reveals the elegant and meticulous analyses of two of the most important and least understood religious concepts--the fall from grace and the nature of evil. Reprint.
Publishers Description In this enlightening study, renowned twentieth-century theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer offers a careful textual analysis of the story of creation, approaching the biblical tale of Genesis with the eye of a philosopher and the soul of a true Christian. "Creation and Fall" is Bonhoeffer's lucid, brilliant analysis of the first three chapters of Genesis. Here he discusses the seeming scientific naivete behind the creation story, God's love and goodness, and humanity's creation, its free will, and its blessedness. Bonhoeffer also tackles difficult questions that are raised from the first book of the Bible, questions about the seemingly redundant second story of creation, about God's own beginning, about the source of the light that was created the first day. The author then expounds upon Adam and Eve's fall from grace: How could they, creatures made in God's image, have thought to oppose God so foully? Where did the first evil come from? How did humanity lose its right to live in paradise? In "Temptation," Bonhoeffer questions how temptation appeared in the midst of Eden's innocence, and he explores the very nature of evil. Bonhoeffer explains that Jesus Christ helps us to understand and conquer physical and spiritual temptation through His grace and goodness.
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Release Date Mar 12, 1997
ISBN 0684825872 ISBN13 9780684825878
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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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Christian Theology Jun 9, 2007
I give this book 5 stars for the quality of thought, not the ease of reading. One should start reading Bonheoffer with his great "The Cost of Discipleship." It has been decades since I have read any Bonheoffer when he was all the rage. One must remember that he was first and last a theologian, not a philosopher. He is a wonderful expositor and thinker within a Christian framework, so do not expect him to grapple with fundamental questions without his focus on God and Jesus Christ. His is a creationist approach that explains by elimination of certain questions. "Thus it is impossible to ask why the world was created, about God's plan or about the necessity of creation. These questions are finally answered and disposed of as godless questions by the sentence, "In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth." This type of thinking that will not allow question because they are "godless" does not belittle his arguments, but definitely puts him in the camp of the Christian theologian, and he must be encountered there. Bonhoeffer is a journey every Christian should take at one time or another. O yes, he was a German Lutheran pastor whose life is perhaps more interesting than even his writings. Had he not died in a Nazi concentration camp, he most likely would have expanded his ideas even more. Bonhoeffer was open to new ideas within his Christian framework which makes him intellectually appealing, and his martyrdom makes his life an even more powerful demonstration of his ethics.
Let there be a review, and there was Dec 16, 2005
Bonhoeffer reads like Plato philosophy. Part of this is due it being translated from German, and part is because he's indeed waxing very deeply philosophical about Genesis. It's fairly amazing he can discuss such a small passage for 144 pages, and at times it feels like he's going in circles repeating himself. His ideas, though, are intriguing. He reads alot into each sentence individually, and then how it fits into the whole. He finds inconsistencies, and then explains them away. I'm not a religious person, but I feel the book gave me a better ability to understand Biblical literature at a deeper level.
beyond the mundane Jun 13, 2000
These are two of the most lucid and insightful commentaries I have ever read. Bonhoeffer moves beyond the usually mundane issues often dealt with when discussing the creation and fall. Instead, he places the focus on God and on how the creation and fall effect our lives as human beings.
Temptation is a poignant counterpoint to the story of the fall. It points the way through the darkness of our everyday lives and to the one who is the Way, the Truth and the Life...Jesus Christ.
The Rhythms and Lessons of Creation Apr 5, 2000
If you are already familiar with Dietrich Bonhoeffer, the wonderfully perceptive German theologian who was killed in a Nazi concentration camp in 1945, then this book will serve to deepen your understanding of Bonhoeffer's theology. If this is your introduction to Bonhoeffer, then you are in for a delightful surprise. In his short, but dense, analysis of the Genesis story of humanity's creation and fall, Bonhoeffer asks the reader to view the familiar with new eyes - with our eyes fixed firmly on God, not on traditional readings of Genesis. Creation reveals much about God - our sovereign God of life, who worked and rested, and offered the same blessings of work and rest to us. Creation also reveals much about humanity, our desire to be God, and our guilt about disobeying God. In the course of his delightful book, Bonhoeffer wrestles with the fundamental issues of good and evil, of temptation, of the graceful limits imposed by God, and humanity's "freedom." If you, too, have ever wrestled with such questions, this book will guide you and challenge you in your thinking.