Jesus, Transcendence, and Generosity: Christology and Transcendence in Hans Frei and Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Jesus, Transcendence, and Generosity: Christology and Transcendence in Hans Frei and Dietrich Bonhoeffer

by Tim Boniface

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Overview

Contemporary scholars aiming to articulate a ‘middle way’ between fundamentalism and liberalism regularly draw upon Hans Frei and Dietrich Bonhoeffer, yet they are rarely brought together on this question, if at all. Here, Tim Boniface highlights the promise of reading them together, proposing especially that a discussion of Jesus’ transcendence derived from their responses to modernity is an effective locus for considering their combined contribution to a ‘middle way’ discussion.

Having outlined a rationale for a theology of Christological transcendence, this work describes in detail how both Frei and Bonhoeffer point towards a nuanced approach to the transcendence of Jesus—especially in terms of the importance of articulating that transcendence at the level of the ‘unsubstitutable historical particularity’ of Christ in the cultural-linguistic setting of the Christian community (Frei) and the impact of a theologia crucis and a participatory cosmic Christology on such thinking (Bonhoeffer).

Offering a unique summary of the key ways in which the two theologians’ works mutually critique and strengthen one another, Boniface then articulates a pneumatological emphasis lacking in both Frei and Bonhoeffer, stressing the supreme generosity of God at the heart of what it means to say that Jesus transcends.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781978701267
Publisher: Fortress Academic
Publication date: 03/02/2018
Pages: 284
Product dimensions: 6.36(w) x 9.61(h) x 1.05(d)

About the Author

Tim Boniface earned his PhD at Durham University.

Table of Contents

INTRODUCTION
Chapter 1. THE DOMESTICATION OF TRANSCENDENCE AND CHRISTOLOGY
Chapter 2. HANS FREI: TRANSCENDENCE, HERMENEUTICS AND CHRISTOLOGY
Chapter 3. HANS FREI: TRANSCENDENCE AND THE HERMENEUTICAL COMMUNITY
Chapter 4. DIETRICH BONHOEFFER: MODERNITY AND TRANSCENDENCE
Chapter 5. DIETRICH BONHOEFFER: TRANSCENDENCE, A THEOLOGIA CRUCIS, AND UNSUBSTITUTABILITY
Chapter 6. DIETRICH BONHOEFFFER: CHRISTOLOGY AND TRANSCENDENCE IN ETHICS AND LETTERS AND PAPERS FROM PRISON
CONCLUSION
BIBLIOGRAPHY

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