Act and Being, written in 1929–1930 as Bonhoeffer’s second dissertation, deals with the questions of consciousness and conscience in theology from the perspective of the Reformation insight about the origin of human sinfulness in the “heart turned in upon itself and thus open neither to the revelation of God nor to the encounter with the neighbor.” Here, therefore, we find Bonhoeffer’s thoughts about power, revelation, otherness, theological method, and theological anthropology.
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Act and Being . . . takes a Lutheran perspective on the philosophical claims of consciousness from Jant to Heidegger, vindicating the claims for God’s self-disclosure in revelation against various forms of transcendental philosophy. It is in Act and Being that the scholarly tools of this new edition are clearly most useful. . . . essential to understanding what Bonhoeffer was saying and whom he was refuting.
—Robin Lovin, Cary M. Maguire University Professor of Ethics, Southern Methodist University
‘I don’t like this product anymore,’ said Bonhoeffer only two years after he wrote Act and Being. Maybe he felt that it was too academic. Yet Bonhoeffer’s postdoctoral dissertation is necessary for understanding his early theology, especially Sanctorum Communio, and for appreciating the ongoing value of the church for all his thinking.
—Christiane Tietz, professor of systematic theology and social ethics, University of Mainz
Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1906–1945) a German theologian, pastor, and ecumenist, was a professor in Berlin, an uncompromising teacher in the Confessing Church, and a consistent opponent of National Socialism. Executed by Hitler at the end of World War II, his influence continues today as one of the most important theologians of the twentieth century.