New PDF release: Reclaiming Dietrich Bonhoeffer: The Promise of His Theology

By Charles Marsh

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During this booklet, Marsh deals a brand new method of studying the theology of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, a Christian theologian who used to be accomplished for his position within the resistance opposed to Hitler and the Nazis. concentrating on Bonhoeffer's large philosophical pursuits, Marsh examines his paintings within the context of the German philosophical culture, from Kant via Hegel to Heidegger. Marsh argues that Bonhoeffer's description of human identification deals a compelling substitute to post-Kantian conceptions of selfhood. additionally, he indicates that Bonhoeffer, whereas operating in the barriers of Barth's theology, presents either a critique and redescription of the culture of transcendental subjectivity. This clean examine Bonhoeffer's proposal will galvanize a lot dialogue within the theological academy and the church, in addition to in broader boards of highbrow existence.

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The four previously mentioned relationships remain discontinuous: (1) God in himself (a se); (2) God in relation to the world (ad extra); (3) human community, or the continuity of the self and its others; and (4) human subjectivity in itself. Bonhoeffer then contests the priority of revelational actualism as the proper starting place of theology. , his eternal isolation and aseity, than of his stepping-out-of-himself in his given Word . . "54 The event of revelation does not coerce a distinction between God's identity and God's presence; Christ as community demonstrates the refiguration of both.

In His triune life as such, objectivity, and with it knowledge, is divine reality before creaturely objectivity and knowledge exist. , the objectivity which He has for us too in His revelation, in which He gives Himself to be known by us as He knows Himself. "150 This is not to say that the secondary objectivity of God is unreliable, that God is true only in himself and illusory in his promeity (a kind of nominalist anxiety); rather, secondary objectivity is "fully true," for its correspondence and basis are grounded in God's primary objectivity.

We speak of an action, of a deed, when we speak of the being of God as a happening. Indeed the peak of all happening in revelation... consists in the fact that God speaks as an I, and is heard by the thou who is addressed. 74 God's decision is thus a decision for both God and humanity. "75 Consequently, God's being in act is expressed nowhere more decisively than in God's love toward humanity. A question arises here—one which Bonhoeffer will ask in his prison criticisms—regarding the consequences of Barth's response for thinking about the relation between God and the world.

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