Bonhoeffer's Questions: A Life-Changing Conversation

Bonhoeffer's Questions: A Life-Changing Conversation

by John W. de Gruchy


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While in prison during the Third Reich, Dietrich Bonhoeffer raised several "core questions" in his correspondence with his close friend Eberhard Bethge: How shall future generations live? Who is Jesus Christ actually, for us, today? What does it mean to be truly human? And who am I? In Bonhoeffer's Questions, John W. de Gruchy explores the development of each question in the course of Bonhoeffer's life, how he attempted to answer them, and how each prompted further questions in an ongoing conversation with himself, with others, and now with us today. De Gruchy does this within the framework of his own life-long and life-changing conversation with Bonhoeffer in the context of South Africa from the beginning of the apartheid era to the present day. He also describes how he has come to know Bonhoeffer as a theological witness to Christ, a prophet of God's justice, and a Christian humanist before proceeding with a series of questions addressed to Bonhoeffer with the reader in mind. These range from the debate about God and the future of Christianity to the involvement of Christians and the church in political struggles today.

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ISBN-13: 9781978707832
Publisher: Fortress Academic
Publication date: 11/08/2019
Pages: 214
Product dimensions: 6.18(w) x 9.13(h) x 0.86(d)

About the Author

John W. de Gruchy, an emeritus professor at the University of Cape Town and extraordinary professor at Stellenbosch University, is a resident member of the Volmoed Community for Reconciliation and Healing near Hermanus, South Africa.

Table of Contents

Part One: The Conversation 1. Questions That Changed My Life 2. Bonhoeffer's Core Questions 3. Participating in the Conversation Part Two: Who Is Bonhoeffer for Us Today? 4. Theological Witness to Christ 5. Prophet of God's Justice and Peace 6. Christian Humanist Part Three: Our Questions 7. Who Is God, How Do We Know, and Do We Need "Him"? 8. What Is a Christian and Where Is the Church? 9. How Do Faith and Politics Mix? 10. How Do We Resist Tyranny and Build Democracy? Postscript: One Last Question

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