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Gathering Interest
Bonhoeffer Studies Collection (11 vols.)
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Overview

This important collection of studies on Dietrich Bonhoeffer includes essential reading on one of the last century’s great religious beacons, including the indispensable Bethge biography and Feil’s The Theology of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, a standard in Bonhoeffer studies. These volumes offer expert guides to and analyses of Deitrech Bonhoeffer’s life and thought, his courageous role in the Christian resistance against Nazi Germany, and his global impact on Christianity. Several volumes also offer insightful studies on current Bonhoeffer scholarship, represent achievements in appropriating his insights, and present prospects for future research and reflection. This collection also includes the first biography of Eberhard Bethge—Bonhoeffer’s good friend, relative, and biographer—offering a new window into Bonhoeffer’s life through one of his closest confidants.

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For more from Bonhoeffer and other volumes on his thought and life, check out the Dietrich Bonhoeffer Works (15 vols.) and the T&T Clark Studies on Bonhoeffer (3 vols.).

Key Features

  • Includes essential secondary texts on Bonhoeffer
  • Offers standards in biographical and theological treatments of Bonhoeffer
  • Presents the first biography on Bonhoeffer’s close friend and biographer, Eberhard Bethge

Individual Titles

Interpreting Bonhoeffer: Historical Perspectives, Emerging Issues

  • Editors: Guy C. Carter and Clifford J. Green
  • Publisher: Fortress Press
  • Publication Date: 2013
  • Pages: 250

In the early twenty-first century, interest in the life and work of Dietrich Bonhoeffer has been increasing significantly. In this environment, how should we understand and interpret Bonhoeffer? Interpreting Bonhoeffer explores the many questions surrounding the complexities of Bonhoeffer’s life, work, and historical context and what they might mean for how we understand and interpret his life and thought now and in the future.

Guy C. Carter (PhD, Marquette University) has taught at St. Peter’s College and is a regular speaker and presenter in the fields of Christian history and theology.

Clifford J. Green is professor emeritus of theology at Hartford Seminary in Connecticut. He is the executive director of the Dietrich Bonhoeffer Works and author of numerous volumes on Bonhoeffer.

Dietrich Bonhoeffer: A Brief Life

  • Author: Renate Bethge
  • Translator: K. C. Hanson
  • Publisher: Fortress Press
  • Publication Date: 2004
  • Pages: 88

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This volume captures in a compelling and personal way the religious and political odyssey of one of the last century’s great religious beacons—Dietrich Bonhoeffer. His life became a symbol of Christian resistance to Hitler. His thought ushered in a new era of worldly Christianity. His personal struggle for authentic moral and religious stance became a waypoint for a distracted world. Accompanied by family photos, the dramatic life, evolving thought, and perilous times of Dietrich Bonhoeffer are sketched in this short volume, which also features short excerpts from his writing.

Renate Bethge, an author and editor, is a niece of Dietrich Bonhoeffer and widow of Bonhoeffer’s close friend Eberhard Bethge, who initiated the widespread publication of Bonhoeffer’s writings after his death and authored the definitive biography.

K. C. Hanson has taught biblical studies at Episcopal Theological School and the School of Theology at Claremont, Creighton University, and St. Olaf College. His published works include Palestine in the Time of Jesus: Social Structures and Social Conflicts.

40-Day Journey with Dietrich Bonhoeffer

  • Author: Ronald Klug
  • Series: 40-Day Journey
  • Publisher: Fortress Press
  • Publication Date: 2007
  • Pages: 144

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The 40-Day Journey with Dietrich Bonhoeffer introduces Dietrich Bonhoeffer, the well-known and courageous German theologian and Lutheran pastor. In the service of Christ, his church, and his world, Bonhoeffer was imprisoned and killed during the Nazi period, yet his writings continue inspired and influenced Christians around the world.

The 40-Day Journey series invites readers to take a personal spiritual journey with a Christian leader from the past or present. Each book begins with a short introduction to the life of the leader and then offers forty chapters, each of which includes a reading from the subject’s writings, Scripture selections from the Bible, a journal-writing exercise, and a prayer. Each book is a rich resource for personal meditation or small group discussion anytime, and is especially valuable during Advent or Lent.

Ron Klug is a freelance writer and editor living near Amery, Wisconsin. He is the author of more than twenty books, including How to Keep a Spiritual Journal.

Dietrich Bonhoeffer and the Resistance

  • Author: Sabine Dramm
  • Translator: Margaret Kohl
  • Publisher: Fortress Press
  • Publication Date: 2009
  • Pages: 304

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Drawing on newly available diaries, transcripts, reminiscences of participants, and archives, Sabine Dramm has thoroughly researched and written a new, more detailed, and comprehensive view of Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s role in the resistance against Adolf Hitler and the conspiracy on his life. Dramm’s work explores the double life that Bonhoeffer led from the time of his return to Germany in 1939. Dramm digs into the activities that Bonhoeffer undertook for the resistance, details just how extensive the network of conspirators was among Bonhoeffer’s friends and family, and for the first time really shows how and why the whole family was drawn into resistance.

Sabine Dramm writes well, and her arguments are persuasive to me. She presents the first fully encompassing depiction of Bonhoeffer’s own resistance, what he did, and how he got there. Bonhoeffer’s existence as a double agent, a ‘V-Mann’ of both God and the Abwehr, is spelled out in rich detail here.

—Martin Rumscheidt, retired professor, Atlantic School of Theology, Halifax, Nova Scotia

Sabine Dramm holds a doctorate in theology and education from the University of Bonn and has written prior works on Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s theology as well as Albert Camus. She is now an independent scholar living near Bonn.

Margaret Kohl has translated works by Ernst Käsemann, Wolfhart Pannenberg, Jürgen Moltmann, Klaus Koch, Willi Marxsen, and Hans Walter Wolff.

Dietrich Bonhoeffer: A Biography

  • Author: Eberhard Bethge
  • Edition: Revised
  • Editor: Victoria J. Barnett
  • Publisher: Fortress Press
  • Publication Date: 2000
  • Pages: 1,068

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At a time when much of the world was either enticed with or entrapped by fascism, Dietrich Bonhoeffer dared to live the morally responsible Christian life to its most expressive, and tragic, end. As a theologically rooted opponent to National Socialism, and later as a member of the political resistance against Nazism, Bonhoeffer was recognized as a leader even by his enemies and was hanged by the Gestapo in 1945. His legacy has inspired many and has demonstrated his landmark life and works to be among the most important of the twentieth century and the most relevant for our times ahead.

This celebrated biography of Dietrich Bonhoeffer by Eberhard Bethge—Bonhoeffer’s friend, pupil, close associate, and relative by marriage—has been fully reviewed, corrected, and clarified by leading Bonhoeffer scholar Victoria Barnett for this new edition of the classic and definitive work. With previous sections updated and expanded, and entirely new sections on Bonhoeffer’s childhood never before seen in English, this edition is sure to be the most accurate and inspiring textual rendering of Bonhoeffer to date.

Some words Gorky used about Tolstoy come into my mind: ‘Look what a wonderful man is living on this earth!’ . . . Bethge has produced a monumental study of him which will surely stand as the definitive and authoritative work on the subject. Reading [this biography] is a spiritual experience.

The Observer

Eberhard Bethge was an assistant to Dietrich Bonhoeffer from 1935 to 1940 at the Finkenwald Seminary and a close friend and relative. He was also editor of the German edition of Bonhoeffer’s collected works, now being published in translation by Fortress Press.

The Bonhoeffer Phenomenon: Portraits of a Protestant Saint

  • Author: Stephen R. Haynes
  • Publisher: Fortress Press
  • Publication Date: 2004
  • Pages: 296

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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. Clearly delineating these agendas is important for properly understanding Bonhoeffer scholarship since they make it difficult to objectively assess 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.

This book has been waiting to be written. I am delighted to be numbered amongst its readers and commend it to others.

—John W. de Gruchy, Robert Selby Taylor Professor of Christian Studies, University of Cape Town, South Africa

Explaining the grip of Bonhoeffer on people of different cultures and perspectives is a worthy and intriguing subject . . . A valuable resource.

—Larry Rasmussen, Reinhold Niebuhr Professor of Social Ethics, Union Theological Seminary

Stephen Haynes’s analysis of Bonhoeffer’s ‘sainthood’ may seem iconoclastic to some, especially in regard to the ‘Jewish Question.’ but this is the best kind of iconoclasm as it attests to Bonhoeffer’s complexity, which continues to push us to break new ground.

Josiah U. Young III, professor of systematic theology, Wesley Theological Seminary

Stephen R. Haynes is associate professor of religion at Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee.

Daring, Trusting Spirit: Bonhoeffer’s Friend Eberhard Bethge

  • Author: John W. de Gruchy
  • Publisher: Fortress Press
  • Publication Date: 2005
  • Pages: 240

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How did Bonhoeffer’s fame and influence happen? Much of the credit goes to Bonhoeffer’s close friendship with his student and colleague Eberhard Bethge, says theologian John de Gruchy. In this important and fascinating work, de Gruchy narrates the course of that friendship, building on interviews and newly available primary sources.

Here is Bethge’s own story, warmly told for the first time. From personal knowledge and unpublished papers, John de Gruchy paints a portrait of Bethge’s generous humanity during his eventful life in Hitler’s Germany and the post-war world. Everybody who met Eberhard Bethge and everyone interested in Dietrich Bonhoeffer will want this book.

—Clifford Green, executive director, Dietrich Bonhoeffer Works

We have long known that Eberhard Bethge was Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s alter ego. We have also known that he chose to serve the legacy of Bonhoeffer rather than foreground his own life and contributions. That modesty, though genuine, has not served us well. Bethge was a member of the anti-Nazi Confessing Church before he met Bonhoeffer, a participant with Bonhoeffer in the Church Struggle and the conspiracy against Hitler, and a deeply engaged pastor and man-of-his-own-time for 50 years after Bonhoeffer. Now, thanks to John de Gruchy, we have the rest of the story.

—Larry Rasmussen, Reinhold Niebuhr Professor of Social Ethics, Union Theological Seminary

John W. de Gruchy is Robert Selby Taylor Professor of Christian Studies at the University of Cape Town in South Africa. He is the series editor of the Making of Modern Theology from Fortress Press and the author of Christianity and Democracy, Christianity, Art, and Transformation, and editor of the Cambridge Companion to Dietrich Bonhoeffer.

Dietrich Bonhoeffer: Witness to Jesus Christ

  • Author: John W. de Gruchy
  • Series: Making of Modern Theology series
  • Publisher: Fortress Press
  • Publication Date: 1991/li>
  • Pages: 320

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Bonhoeffer’s theological brilliance, committed discipleship, ecumenical insight, and courageous participation in the struggle against Nazism have profoundly shaped contemporary Christian understanding and action. Although his early death at the hands of the Gestapo prevented him from providing us with a full and systematic theology, his writings are remarkably extensive and have become increasingly influential. This volume concentrates on the key texts and ideas in Bonhoeffer’s thought. It presents the essential Bonhoeffer for students and the general reader. John de Gruchy’s introductory essay and notes on the selected texts set Bonhoeffer in his historical context, chart the development of his thought, and indicate the significance of his theology in the development of Christian theology as a whole. Substantial selections from Bonhoeffer’s work illustrate key themes such as his theological foundations, Christology and reality, confessing Christ concretely, the life of free responsibility, and Christ in a world come of age.

John W. de Gruchy is Robert Selby Taylor Professor of Christian Studies at the University of Cape Town in South Africa. He is the series editor of the Making of Modern Theology from Fortress Press and the author of Christianity and Democracy, Christianity, Art, and Transformation, and editor of the Cambridge Companion to Dietrich Bonhoeffer.

The Theology of Dietrich Bonhoeffer

  • Author: Ernst Feil
  • Translator: Martin H. Rumscheidt
  • Publisher: Fortress Press
  • Publication Date: 2007
  • Pages: 270

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This important volume, along with Bethge’s biography, is essential reading for Bonhoeffer studies, second only to Bonhoeffer’s works themselves. Ernst Feil offers a masterful account of Bonhoeffer’s theology in three parts. This first looks at Bonhoeffer’s hermeneutical point of departure which is described as theology in the service of praxis. This section includes a historical survey of Bonheoffer’s understanding of theology and a discussion of its implications. Part two examines the central role that Christology plays in Bonhoeffer’s thought. Part three consideres in depth Bonhoeffer’s view of the world and its relation to religion and redemption.

Feil’s book is indispensable for anyone who wants to understand more clearly that unique Christian of our time, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, and his theology.

—Eberhard Bethge, Bonhoeffer’s friend and biographer

Feil’s systematic, penetrating analysis and ordering of Bonhoeffer’s complete writings, seen in the general perspective of an underlying . . . unity and in the particular depths which reveal that unity, is indeed awesome.

Geffrey B. Kelly, professor of systematic theology, La Salle University

[An] excellent translation by Martin Rumscheidt . . . The Theology of Dietrich Bonhoeffer deserves a wide reading audience among those who continue to seek the contributions of the martyred theologian toward understanding God-in-Christ in relation to the world today.

—F. Burton Nelson, professor of ethics and theology, North Park Theological Seminary

There are two secondary sources that are indispensable for the study of Dietrich Bonhoeffer. The first is Dietrich Bonhoeffer, the definitive biography by his friend Eberhard Bethge. The second is this volume by Ernst Feil.

—James H. Burtness, former professor emeritus of systematic theology, Luther Seminary

A standard in Bonhoeffer scholarship, [The Theology of Dietrich Bonhoeffer] is looked upon as the most thorough and penetrating study of the development and interrelatedness of Bonhoeffer’s hermeneutic, Christology, and understanding of the world.

—John D. Godsey, professor emeritus of systematic theology, Wesley Theological Seminary

Ernst Feil is professor emeritus of theology at the University of Munich and a coeditor of the sixteen-volume German edition of Bonhoeffer’s writings, the Dietrich Bonhoeffer Werke.

Martin Rumscheidt is an ordained minister in the United Church of Canada and retired professor of historical theology at the University of Windsor in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and Charles University in Prague.

The Bonhoeffer Legacy: Post-Holocaust Perspectives

  • Author: Stephen R. Haynes
  • Publisher: Fortress Press
  • Publication Date: 2006
  • Pages: 256

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In this welcome sequel to his acclaimed The Bonhoeffer Phenomenon, Stephen Haynes takes up vexing and controversial questions such as, “How much did Dietrich Bonhoeffer know of the Holocaust and what did he do to help the Jews? Should Bonhoeffer be considered one of the ‘Righteous among the Nations?’” While Bonhoeffer spoke out against mistreatment of the Jews as early as 1933 in a radio broadcast, his own reflection on Jewish identity in Christian theology and on the plight of the Jews developed considerably over the next twelve years. Always forthright, yet fair, Haynes analyzes the historical record and Bonhoeffer’s maturing theology to show how Bonhoeffer’s self-critical theology relates to the later advent of post-Holocaust theologies, with their sharply posed challenges to traditional Christian supersessionism.

Demonstrating the same extensive acquaintance with works both by and about Bonhoeffer that marked his The Bonhoeffer Phenomenon, and now drawing on an equally extensive knowledge of Holocaust studies, Haynes examines whether and how Bonhoeffer’s legacy contributes to a ‘post-Holocaust theology.’ With the hermeneutics of ‘the witness people,’ developed in his earlier work, Reluctant Witnesses: Jews and the Christian Imagination, Haynes analyses the claims of scholars who see in Bonhoeffer’s work and action from 1933 forward a new approach to Jews and Judaism that is constructive for a theology that takes the Holocaust seriously. Critical of that perspective, this book clearly raises that discussion to a new level. Haynes’ book may not be the final word, but it is not to be overlooked! Bonhoeffer studies will derive important stimulation from The Bonhoeffer Legacy.

—Martin Rumscheidt, retired professor of historical theology, University of Windsor, Halifax, Nova Scotia

Stephen Haynes has done it again! Following on his encyclopedic-like analysis of the astounding variety of interpretations that went into creating The Bonhoeffer Phenomenon, Haynes now trains his theological and investigative talents on one of the thorniest problems in Bonhoeffer interpretation: his stereotypical but offensive-to-Jews statements on Judaism, his stance on the anti-Jewish legislation in Nazi Germany, and his place in postwar Holocaust studies. Haynes is meticulous in his critical scrutiny of the relevant texts as he exposes the various ways in which Bonhoeffer’s writings on the Nazi persecution of Jews deserve both plaudits and criticism. Was Bonhoeffer a prime, courageous defender of Jews in Nazi Germany? Or was he, as one critic avers, merely the best of a bad lot? Haynes does Bonhoeffer research a great service as he exposes Bonhoeffer’s theology on these issues in their proper context and in his exact words with all their significance for the present-day Jewish-Christian dialogue.

—Geffrey B. Kelly, professor of systematic theology, La Salle University

Stephen R. Haynes is associate professor of religion at Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee.

Do No Harm: Social Sin and Christian Responsibility

  • Author: Stephen G. Ray Jr.
  • Publisher: Fortress Press
  • Publication Date: 2002
  • Pages: 184

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Among the evils addressed by Christian theology, says Stephen Ray, must be the evil perpetuated by its own well-meant theologies. This important project examines the downside of the category of social sin, especially in theologians’ use of destructive stereotypes that have kept Christians from realizing and engaging the most pervasive social evils of our time—racism and anti-Semitism.

To make his case, Ray examines problematic ways in which several theologians describe the reality of social evil. “Theologians,” he contends, “often unwittingly describe [social] sin in terms that may themselves be profoundly racist, sexist, heterosexist, anti-Semitic, and classist.” He contends that they must attend more carefully to the social evils deeply embedded in their own patterns of language and thought. Ray looks specifically to the work of Reinhold Niebuhr and Dietrich Bonhoeffer to document unintended consequences of theology’s oversights and then to Augustine, Luther, and Calvin to analyze the strains and strengths of traditional notions. Theologians, ethicists, ministers, and laity will benefit from Ray’s thoughtful reconsideration of the social stance of Christian theology.

Stephen G. Ray Jr. is Neal F. and Ila A. Fisher Professor of Theology at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary. He is also the author of Black Church Studies: An Introduction.

Product Details

  • Title: Bonhoeffer Studies Collection
  • Publisher: Fortress Press
  • Volumes: 11
  • Pages: 3,420