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Overview

Prompted by the 2017 commemoration of the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, this book examines the legacy of Martin Luther in the life, work, and reception of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, the most widely read modern Lutheran theologian. Framing the commemoration of the Reformation in conversation with Bonhoeffer’s legacy places much more than Bonhoeffer’s connection to Luther at stake. Given the fraught relationship of the Lutheran Bonhoeffer with the German Protestant Church under National Socialism, the question inevitably arises: “What happened to Luther’s church in Germany?” This in turn prompts the question: “How did the Protestant tradition play out in public life in other nations?” And these historical issues in turn encourage reflection on a question that exercised both Luther and Bonhoeffer: “What will be the shape of the church in the future?” In these pages, an international group of scholars and practitioners from both church and state pursues these questions.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781978703452
Publisher: Fortress Academic
Publication date: 09/15/2018
Pages: 246
Product dimensions: 6.36(w) x 9.41(h) x 0.95(d)

About the Author

Michael P. DeJonge is professor and chair of religious studies at the University of South Florida.


Clifford J. Green is Bonhoeffer Chair Scholar at Union Theological Seminary, New York, and project director of the Early Career German-American Bonhoeffer Research Network.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Reformation: Grappling with a Contested Legacy
Michael P. DeJonge and Clifford J. Green

1. Fatal Coincidences in 1933: Nazism’s Triumph and Luther’s 450th Birthday
Hartmut Lehmann

2. Looking for Luther, 1933–1939
Victoria J. Barnett

3. Luther in Catholic Perspective across Five Centuries
Euan Cameron

4. Justification, Ethics, and the “Other”: Paul, Luther, and Bonhoeffer in Trialogue
Brigitte Kahl

5. Radicalizing Reformation amid Today’s Crises, in the Spirit of Bonhoeffer
Karen L. Bloomquist

6. Worldly Worship: Reformation and Economic Ethics
Wolfgang Huber

7. Reformation: Freeing the Church for Authentic Public Witness
Heinrich Bedford-Strohm

8. Between Compromise and Radicalism: Luther’s Legacy in Bonhoeffer’s Political Thought
Michael P. DeJonge

9. Church, Racism and Resistance: Bonhoeffer and the Critical Dimension of Theological Integrity
Allen Aubrey Boesak

10. “On the Way to Freedom Land”: Bonhoeffer and Three Bright Lights of the Civil Rights Movement
Josiah U. Young III

11. Veni, Creator Spiritus! An Ecological Reformation
Larry Rasmussen

12. Reformation through Repentance: The Church’s Public Witness
Jennifer M. McBride

13. Bonhoeffer and the Re-Forming Church in a Globalizing Era
Esther D. Reed

14. Bonhoeffer, Truth, Ethics, and Politics
Kevin Rudd, interviewed by Serene Jones

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