Survey Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s most important writings, compiled for the first time into one valuable resource, The Bonhoeffer Reader. This volume makes a perfect introduction to Bonhoeffer’s thought, with selections drawn from the 16-volume Works of Dietrich Bonhoeffer (16 vols.)—a major 25-year translation project supported by the International Bonhoeffer Society and published by Fortress Press. Edited by Clifford J. Green and Michael P. DeJonge, this text is the only collection of Bonhoeffer’s writings formatted for easy reference to the Works of Dietrich Bonhoeffer and all of their additional resources, making it easier than ever to pursue a comprehensive study of Bonhoeffer’s theological career.
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This outstanding compendium of Bonhoeffer’s writings is unmatched in scope and depth. With great classroom potential, it will introduce Bonhoeffer to a new generation for years to come.
—George Hunsinger, Hazel Thompson McCord Professor of Systematic Theology, Princeton Theological Seminary
There are few books of which one can truly say ‘this should be in the library of every theologian and preacher.’ The Bonhoeffer Reader is such a book. Using the best available translations and unerringly selecting Bonhoeffer’s most important and challenging theological writings, the editors make available in one volume the essential insights of this outstanding Christian thinker.
—Stephen Plant, dean and director of studies, Trinity Hall, University of Cambridge
Clifford J. Green is professor emeritus of theology, Hartford Seminary, Connecticut, and author of numerous works on Bonhoeffer. He is the executive director of the Dietrich Bonhoeffer Works.
Michael P. DeJonge is associate professor of religious studies and graduate director at the University of South Florida. Michael earned a PhD in religion from Emory University, having also undertaken doctoral work at the Freie Universität in Berlin as a Fulbright scholar. He is the author of Bonhoeffer’s Theological Formation.
“Our word should be truthful not in principle but concretely. A truthfulness that is not concrete is not truthful at all before God.” (Page 750)
“Emotional love loves the other for the sake of itself; spiritual love loves the other for the sake of Christ.” (Page 526)
“Christianity conceals within itself a germ hostile to the church. It is far too easy for us to base our claims to God on our own Christian religiosity and our church commitment, and in so doing utterly to misunderstand and distort the Christian idea. And yet Christianity needs the church; that is the paradox we will be able to elucidate and understand only in the next session.” (Page 68)
“Who stands firm? Only the one whose ultimate standard is not his reason, his principles, conscience, freedom, or virtue; only the one who is prepared to sacrifice all of these when, in faith and in relationship to God alone, he is called to obedient and responsible action.” (Page 764)
“It requires merely that we acknowledge the exclusive honor due the eternal God and acknowledge our own nothingness before God.” (Page 73)