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Bonhoeffer: A Guide for the Perplexed
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Bonhoeffer: A Guide for the Perplexed


Bloomsbury 2010

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Joel Lawrence offers a new methodology and a fresh perspective in this book, making it a concise guide to one of the most remarkable martyrs and theologians of the 20th century.

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Key Features

  • Provides an introduction to Bonhoeffer’s life and legacy
  • Focuses on the content and context of Bonhoeffer’s prison letters
  • Analyzes Bonhoeffer’s theology of Christ, the church, and the world


  • Approaching Bonhoeffer: The Challenges and Opportunities
  • Beginning at the End: The Perplexing Nature of the Prison Letters
  • Christocentric Lordship: The Centrality of Christ
  • Arcane Discipline: Ecclesiology in Bonhoeffer’s Theological Development
  • As If God Were Not Given: The Weakness of God in Bonhoeffer’s Thought
  • World Come of Age: Bonhoeffer’s Understanding of Human History
  • Religionless Christianity: Bonhoeffer’s Vision

Praise for the Print Edition

Joel Lawrence is among the brightest of a new generation of interpreters of Bonhoeffer’s theology. In this book, informed by several years of research and teaching, Lawrence gives us a fresh, engaging and wonderfully clear introduction that illuminates the distinctive capacity of Bonhoeffer’s theology to serve the present age.

Stephen Plant, Wesley House, Cambridge, UK

Bonhoeffer’s legacy has had a far-reaching influence on contemporary Christianity, perhaps more so than any other theologian/pastor of the twentieth century. Yet many people are not sure how to understand what he wrote, and are especially perplexed by his theological reflections in his prison letters. Joel Lawrence has recognized this need and has provided an admirable guide through the labyrinth. Identifying the key themes in Bonhoeffer’s prison theology, he traces their development from his student years onwards and interprets them in a way that is informed, accessible and readable.

—John W. de Gruchy, University of Cape Town, South Africa

Here in this volume we have a very fine and very concise introduction to Bonhoeffer's theology.... Those coming to Bonhoeffer afresh together with those who teach his theology will find this a very useful text.

The Expository Times

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About Joel Lawrence

Joel Lawrence is Assistant Professor of Systematic Theology at Bethel Theological Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota. He wrote his doctoral thesis, ‘Death Together: Thanatology and Sanctification in the Theology of Dietrich Bonhoeffer’, under the supervision of Stephen Plant at Cambridge University. In this work, Joel explored the way in which the work of the death of Christ has a transformative element in the sanctification of the church community. He has presented numerous papers at academic conferences, including a paper on Bonhoeffer at the 9th International Bonhoeffer Congress in Rome. His publications include two works on Bonhoeffer: ‘The Other, the Cross and Solidarity in Suffering’, in The Reader (February 2005), which was reprinted in Rethinking Mission (Summer 2005), and ‘Dietrich Bonhoeffer: A Guide through the Maze’, in The Epworth Journal Review (October 2006).

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