The period 1928–1931, which followed completion of his dissertation, was formative for Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s personal, pastoral, and theological direction. Almost all of these 900 pages of writings appear in English here for the first time. They document the intense four-year period that included preparation of his postdoctoral thesis; a vicarage in Barcelona; occasional lectures; his postdoctoral academic year at Union Theological Seminary; travel around the United States, Cuba, and Mexico; and his reentry into the German academic and ecclesial scene.
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Barcelona, Berlin, New York is a publishing event of great importance. Readers now and in future generations can follow Dietrich Bonhoeffer through the breakthroughs and transformations in his early journey from ‘the phraseological to the real’: the pastorate in Barcelona, a restless tenure in academe, and the decisive encounters in America, which together form a gateway into a more demanding and complex theological life. The pleasure of this volume comes from Clifford. J. Green’s superb introduction, the generous insights and commentaries of the editorial team, and the intimate and often surprising details that shape Bonhoeffer’s vocation as a public theologian, dissident pastor, and champion of human rights. A major scholarly achievement!
—Charles Marsh, professor of religious studies, The University of Virginia
Dietrich Bonhoeffer scholars and the worldwide church will welcome this new volume focused on Bonhoeffer’s experiences in Barcelona, Berlin, and New York. That this volume is dedicated to the people of the Abyssinian Baptist Church in Harlem is fitting, for Abyssinian strengthened both Bonhoeffer’s unique faith and his prophetic hopes for the church and the world ‘come of age.’
—Josiah Young, professor of systematic theology, Wesley Theological Seminary
This extraordinary volume traces Bonhoeffer’s development during the crucial years 1928–1931 and opens a window into his personal and intellectual life. These writings, most available for the first time in English, are essential reading for anyone interested in Bonhoeffer’s life and theology. The editors have done a superb job putting together a volume that belongs in the library of every student, pastor, and scholar.
—Ronald F. Thiemann, Benjamin Bussey Professor of Theology, Harvard Divinity School
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.