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Overview Dietrich Bonhoeffer's thinking is as pertinent to the 21st century postmodern church as it was to the German church under Nazi seige and the world wide church in the half century following his death. Dramm, a great admirer and student of this brave pastor, provides a solid explanation of Bonhoeffer's major theological positions. Quotes from Bonhoeffer's works are central to Dramm's book, and his clear and graphic prose appears throughout. This is a thoughtful and intelligent work focused on a theology which was, above all things, practical. Dramm explores Bonhoeffer's thoughts on a number of subjects (roughly in about 10 categories in 24 chapters), including: * His understanding of his call to ministry * The nature of God * Ecclesiology (especially his insterest in the church as community) * The nature of humanity * His views on the Jews * Discipleship, ethics, and what the world would be like without God. What makes Bonhoeffer so interesting is that he was both complex and teachable, so that as the circumstances of life peeled away his social conventions to reveal what was truly important to him (his faith in God), his writings change and mature-and this over the space of only 25 or so years because of his execution by the Nazis for being in a plot to kill Hitler. Here is a German raised in the upper middle class who is a patriot, but who by reflection on what it means to be a Christian becomes a pacifist as his country becomes increasingly militant, and who goes on to be a spy and traitor. He is a pacifist who ends up in the center of a plot to kill his country's leader and who faces (and writes about) his thoughts as he himself draws ever more closely to his criminal (in the eyes of the Nazis) end. It is obviously a fascinating exploration of the development of his thought in some ways and a revelation of the rock solid core of his convictions on the other.
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Studio: Hendrickson Publishers
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.42" Width: 5.54" Height: 0.74" Weight: 0.76 lbs.
Release Date Feb 28, 2007
Publisher Hendrickson Publishers
ISBN 1565637623 ISBN13 9781565637627
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More About Sabine Dramm & Thomas Rice
Sabine Dramm works as a freelance writer and university lecturer. She has published several writings on Dietrich Bonhoeffer, most recently "V-Mann Gottes und der Abwehr? Dietrich Bonhoeffer und der Widerstand "["Informer for God and Counter-Intelligence? Dietrich Bonhoeffer and the Resistance"].
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A Good Place to Start in Studying Bonhoeffer Nov 18, 2009
This is a good introduction to Bonhoeffer's thought. One of its strengths is that it contains sufficient biographical information for the reader to understand at which stage in Bonhoeffer's life he was developing the various concepts analyzed in the book. This allows the reader to consider the ways in which the circumstances of Bonhoeffer's life effected (or not) his work. For the most part, the book provides the amount of analysis one would expect from such an "introduction," although the analysis of some topics (for example, the idea of the "world come of age", etc.) could have been deeper due to their complexity. On the whole, though, I felt that I got a good dose of the major themes in Bonhoeffer's thought, and I certainly felt motivated to dive into the works on Bonhoeffer.
Two weaknesses in this book cause me to give it four stars instead of five. First, the writing and editing could have been better. Granted, this book is explicitly meant to be accessible for readers of all walks (as Dramm states in the preface); and some of the problem might be attributed to the fact that this book was originally written in German. However, the book at times has a tone of informality that is distracting. And enough with the use of the phrase "in the deepest meaning of the word." The second weakness is Dramm's advocacy on Bonhoeffer's behalf. To Dramm's credit, she admits in the preface that she is "on Bonhoeffer's side," so to speak. Still, the book would have benefited from a more detached approach. Indeed, the entire final chapter, which reads like a gushing rallying cry to never forget, etc., etc., could have been left out. I don't remember Dramm's exact words, but she said something like Protestant theological developments after World War Two would not have been possible without Bonhoeffer. Now, I have much affinity for Bonhoeffer; but that's over-stating it a little bit.
If you want to learn about Bonhoeffer's thought, this is a great place to start. Every one of his works is discussed and outlined. Although the book would have been better if it had gone through another round of editing, I nevertheless recommend it.