Ecumenical, Academic, and Pastoral Work: 1931–1932 provides a comprehensive translation of Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s important writings from 1931 to 1932, with extensive commentary about their historical context and theological significance. This volume covers the significant period of Bonhoeffer’s entry into the international ecumenical world and the final months before the beginning of the National Socialist dictatorship. It begins with Bonhoeffer’s return to Berlin in June 1931 after his year of study in the United States. In the crucial period that followed, Bonhoeffer continued his preparations for the ministry, began teaching at Berlin University, and became active at international ecumenical meetings. His letters and lectures, however, also document the economic and political turbulence on the European and world stage, and Bonhoeffer directly addresses the growing threat of the Nazi movement and what it portends not only for Germany, but for the world. Several of the documents in this volume, particularly the student notes of his university lecture on “The Nature of the Church” and his lectures on Christian ethics, give important insights into his theology at this point. His ecumenical lectures and reports are significant documents for understanding the ecumenical debates of this period.
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- Covers the period from June 1931 to October 1932, from the return of Bonhoeffer’s time abroad to the waning Weimar Republic
- Illustrates the new phase of life for Bonhoeffer as the turmoil in Germany began to take shape
- Contains some of the most explicit and prescient statements Bonhoeffer ever made about political issues.
- Title: Dietrich Bonhoeffer Works, vol. 11: Ecumenical, Academic, and Pastoral Work: 1931–1932
- Author: Dietrich Bonhoeffer
- Translators: Anne Schmidt-Lange, Isabel Best, Nicolas Humphrey, and Marion Pauck
- Publisher: Augsburg Fortress
- Publication Date: 2012
- Pages: 556
About Dietrich Bonhoeffer
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.