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Ethics [Paperback]

By Dietrich Bonhoeffer (Author)
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This book is recognized as a major contribution to Christian ethics. Bonhoeffer illustrates that God's design is to be found in the Church, the family, labor, and government. His will permits man to live as man before God, in a world God made, with responsibility for the institutions of that world.

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From one of the most important theologians of the twentieth century, "Ethics" is the seminal reinterpretation of the role of Christianity in the modern, secularized world.
The Christian does not live in a vacuum, says the author, but in a world of government, politics, labor, and marriage. Hence, Christian ethics cannot exist in a vacuum; what the Christian needs, claims Dietrich Bonhoeffer, is concrete instruction in a concrete situation. Although the author died before completing his work, this book is recognized as a major contribution to Christian ethics.
The root and ground of Christian ethics, the author says, is the reality of God as revealed in Jesus Christ. This reality is not manifest in the Church as distinct from the secular world; such a juxtaposition of two separate spheres, Bonhoeffer insists, is a denial of God's having reconciled the whole world to himself in Christ. On the contrary, God's commandment is to be found and known in the Church, the family, labor, and government. His commandment permits man to live as man before God, in a world God made, with responsibility for the institutions of that world.

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Ethics by Dietrich Bonhoeffer has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
  • Christianity Today - 06/01/2012 page 68

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Studio: Touchstone
Pages   380
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.48" Width: 5.49" Height: 0.99"
Weight:   0.8 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Sep 1, 1995
Publisher   Touchstone
ISBN  068481501X  
ISBN13  9780684815015  

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More About Dietrich Bonhoeffer

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.

Dietrich Bonhoeffer has published or released items in the following series...
  1. 40-Day Journey
  2. Dietrich Bonhoeffer Works (Hardcover)
  3. Dietrich Bonhoeffer Works (Paperback)
  4. Dietrich Bonhoeffer Worksreader's Edition
  5. Dietrich Bonhoeffer-Reader's Edition
  6. Facets
  7. Harper's Ministers Paperback Library
  8. Making of Modern Theology
  9. Modern Spiritual Masters

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Work in progress  Mar 19, 2007
In the fist chapter Bonhoeffer argues against the notion that what is spiritual is good and what is physical is evil. In the second he turns our focus from asking what is good to asking what is the form of Christ in the church today. He than gives a short history how the West has become godless
A voice that deserves to be heard  Jan 10, 2007
You can't speed read Bonhoeffer; as a German he was used to a high degree of order and formality in his life and this is reflected in his writing style. But his is a voice that deserves to be heard, because he was so acutely aware of the horror of the Nazi rule in his native land and his treatise on ethics was written in this environment. Throughout its writing, Bonhoeffer knew that at any time he might be executed by the Nazis, which is what finally happened just days before the war's end.

As when reading The Cost of Discipleship, I found myself understanding and agreeing with Bonhoeffer most of the time, but at times I couldn't quite connect - perhaps because I haven't reached the depth of his faith or his sensitivity to the issues on which he wrote.

The Complete Edition  Jan 9, 2007
Ethics is a difficult work to encounter, largely because the work was unfinished when Bonhoeffer was arrested and imprisoned. Most versions of Ethics require an editor to arrange the manuscripts into a coherent whole - but this being the "Works" edition includes all of the information (including notes about context and translation from German) surrounding the writing of the Ethics manuscript.

This is the version to get if you want "completeness", in-depth discussion, or research purposes (the volume contains an exhaustive bibliography) but it might not be for the casual reader that wants an overview of Bonhoeffer's formulation of ethics. (Otherwise, you might not understand why you are reading a chapter titled "History and Good" twice!)
Read the new edition!  Nov 6, 2006
The new edition of Bonhoeffer's ETHICS (Fortress Press 2005)is completely re-arranged, newly translated, full of helpful notes, and includes an introduction and a commentary by the editors. These help explain Bonhoeffer's ethical thinking and his radical critique of Nazi policies. The text and the commentary help the careful reader understand Bonhoeffer's rationale for working in the conspiracy against Hitler, and his challenge to Christians and the church in the postwar period. Bonhoeffer regarded his ETHICS as his most important mature writing, and reviewers have called it "one of the greatest works of 20th century theology." Incomplete because interrupted by Bonhoeffer's arrest, the old edition's arrangement created problems for readers. The new edition largely overcomes these problems.
Proverbs  Feb 22, 2006
"To do evil is better than to be evil." With that the reader is launched into a book filled with thoughts, and 20th century proverbs that require us to think. Thinking....a new activity for some, a joy for others. This treatise has been a source of great joy and in its new format and updated edition is a must for bookshelves, teachers, theologians, and those who work among the poor, the hurting, and the victims. Proverbs are not easy...nor are Bonhoeffer's ethics. This book takes a lifetime to dissolve into the bloodstream and yet we have history to put each proverb into a context that helps it become applicable to the 21st century and beyond.

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