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Bonhoeffer Phenomenon [Paperback]

By Ed. Stephen R. Haynes (Author)
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Stephen Haynes offers a provocative assessment of the Bonhoeffer mystique, which interprets Bonhoeffer's legacy through the medium of sainthood. Before casting an eye on the great pastor-theologian through a hagiographic lens, Haynes examines various receptions and appropriations of Bonhoeffer from different theological, ecclesial, and political contexts. Bonhoeffer is viewed from such divergent perspectives as radical theology and politics (exemplified in "death of God" theology), liberal theology and social ethics, conservative popular Christianity and evangelicalism, and lastly, the universal portrait of Bonhoeffer, which highlights his ecumenical significance. The Bonhoeffer Phenomenon provides an invaluable introduction to Bonhoeffer studies, while also offering its own unique analysis of Bonhoeffer's life and thought.

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Stephen Haynes's provocative study articulates the many motives and agendas that readers and scholars have brought to their study of Bonhoeffer, making it difficult to assess objectively the relationship of his political and religious commitments, the real meaning of his theology, and his words and actions on behalf of Jews. Reading Haynes's book helps us learn not only what Bonhoeffer has to teach us but also what it is we most desire to learn.

From Publishers Weekly
In the last 20 years, various groups have petitioned Yad Vashem, the Holocaust remembrance authority in Jerusalem, to award Dietrich Bonhoeffer the designation of "Righteous Gentile," but so far all such requests have been denied. Many of these petitioners view Bonhoeffer as a model of the Christian church's resistance to the Nazi effort to rid Europe of Jewish people, and as a theologian for a post-Holocaust era. But Haynes, associate professor of religion at Rhodes College, argues effectively that the truth is more complicated than the simple and appealing image that scholars and the media have presented. Despite Bonhoeffer's deeds, which Haynes finds exemplary, his theology, when read as a whole, is troubling. At best, Haynes claims, it reveals a deep ambivalence about Jews, and at worst, the traditional Christian belief that the Jews, as "killers" of God, must suffer for that deed until they are, en masse, converted. Haynes concludes that a careful analysis of Bonhoeffer's praxis and theology does have significance for post-Holocaust Christians, but too many contemporary portraits of him are the result of "superficial reading, hopeful interpretation, and overactive speculation." Haynes's book, largely a review of Bonhoeffer scholarship, will find an audience primarily among academics and clergy. (Apr.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

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Bonhoeffer Phenomenon by Ed. Stephen R. Haynes has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
  • Publishers Weekly - 01/30/2006 page 64
  • Library Journal - 04/01/2004 page 99
  • Christian Century - 09/21/2004 page 42

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Studio: Fortress Press
Pages   280
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.98" Width: 6.24" Height: 0.72"
Weight:   1.06 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   May 1, 2004
Publisher   Augsburg Fortress Publishers
Edition  New  
ISBN  080063652X  
ISBN13  9780800636524  

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Stephen Haynes is Professor of Religious Studies, Rhodes College, and the author of many books, including Noah's Curse: The Biblical Justification of American Slavery.

Stephen R. Haynes currently resides in Memphis, in the state of Tennessee. Stephen R. Haynes has an academic affiliation as follows - Rhodes College.

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Informed, informative, fascinating reading   Aug 9, 2004
The Bonhoeffer Phenomenon: Portraits Of A Protestant Saint by Stephen R. Haynes (Associate Professor of Religion, Rhodes College, Memphis, Tennessee) offers a groundbreaking assessment of Dietrich Bonhoeffer and his continuing mystique and popularity among seminar students, theologians, and the Christian community so many years after his martyrdom at the hands of the Nazis. After the informative introduction "Beyond the Historical Bonhoeffer", this descriptive analytical history addresses the question "Who is Bonhoeffer for Us?" in terms of Seer (The Radical Bonhoeffer), Prophet (The Liberal Bonhoeffer), Apostle (The Conservative Bonhoeffer), and Bridge (The Universal Bonhoeffer). The next major section is dedicated to "Interpreting the Bonhoeffer Phenomenon" in terms of Saint (The Function and Form of Christian Hagiography), Cult (Expressions of the Bonhoeffer Phenomenon), and Domestication (The Perils of Protestant Sainthood). Enhanced with expensive notes, a substantial bibliography, and a thoroughly "user friendly" index, The Bonhoeffer Phenomenon is informed, informative, fascinating reading and a "must" for academic as well as non-specialist general readers with an interest in Dietrich Bonhoeffer's life and writings.

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