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Understanding Bonhoeffer

By Peter Frick

Understanding Bonhoeffer
Paperback, 316 pages $39.95
Published: 15th August 2018
ISBN: 9781481309004
Format: 6in x 9in

Subjects: All Philosophy, All Theology

Bonhoeffer remains enigmatic—preacher, theologian, visionary, ethicist. The variety of his public roles and the breadth of his thought ensure that Bonhoeffer eludes even as he captivates.

In this volume, Peter Frick seeks new dimensions of that complexity by tracing and then weighing the influence of Bonhoeffer’s philosophical, theological, and social formation in order to understand his lasting significance. Frick divides his study into three parts: “Reading Bonhoeffer” explores hermeneutical and translation difficulties; “Backgrounding Bonhoeffer” unpacks how the thought of Kempis, Nietzsche, Bultmann, Tillich, and Ebeling informs Bonhoeffer’s work; and “Foregrounding Bonhoeffer” models concrete ways in which Bonhoeffer speaks to issues of race, globalization, peace, politics, and social responsibility.

If Bonhoeffer is enigmatic, it is equally true, as Frick reveals, that he remains endlessly relevant.

"Frick demonstrates how Bonhoeffer’s theology affords important orientations and perspectives that allow us to frame these pressing penultimate questions Christianly and—precisely thereby—to approach them humanely."

—Philip Ziegler, Chair in Christian Dogmatics, University of Aberdeen

"From a scholar who sits at the forefront of Bonhoeffer studies, this book by Peter Frick is an amazing anthology of thought. In this text, readers encounter a behind-the-scenes look at the work of translating Bonhoeffer, a thoughtful analysis of the underpinnings of Bonhoeffer’s theology, as well as a constructive extension of Bonhoeffer’s work in recent conversations. An important text for any student of Bonhoeffer’s theology."

—Reggie Williams, Associate Professor of Christian Ethics, McCormick Theological Seminary

"One of the stellar interpreters of Bonhoeffer's life and work in our time, Peter Frick’s breadth of theological and philosophical expertise positions him to read Bonhoeffer in an integrative manner that the field has lacked for too long. These essays are rigorous, clearly written, and well documented. An excellent introduction to understanding Bonhoeffer from a scholar who captures Bonhoeffer's diverse interests and commitments."

—Michael Pasquarello, author of Dietrich: Bonhoeffer and the Theology of a Preaching Life

Peter Frick is Academic Dean and Professor at St. Paul’s University College, University of Waterloo.

Publication Details:

 Paperback , 316 pages
 6in x 9in

  PHI022000, REL051000, REL067000
 Baylor University Press

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