In Recovering the Ecumenical Bonhoeffer, Javier Garcia explores the possibilities for Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s theology to revitalize interest in the ecumenical movement and Christian unity today. Although many commentators have lamented the waning interest in the ecumenical movement since the 1960s, the celebration of the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation in 2017, coupled with recent in-roads such as the ecumenical efforts of Pope Francis, have opened new possibilities for the ecumenical project. In this context, Garcia presents Bonhoeffer as a helpful model for contemporary ecumenical dialogue. He finds important points of convergence between Bonhoeffer and Calvin, thereby establishing potential areas of rapprochement between the Lutheran and Reformed traditions. Beyond examining the state of ecumenism and unfolding the ecumenical promise of Bonhoeffer’s thought, Garcia assesses the future of ecumenical engagement in a secular age. Altogether, he proposes a recovery of the ecumenical Bonhoeffer for envisioning new possibilities for church unity in our day.
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About the Author
Javier A. Garcia is assistant professor of religious studies and associate director of the William Penn honors program at George Fox University.
Table of ContentsIntroduction
Chapter 1: Bonhoeffer, Lutheranism, and the Reformed Tradition
Chapter 2: Jesus Christ
Chapter 3: The Holy Spirit and the Community
Chapter 4: Ethics: The Law and Christian Freedom
Chapter 5: Church and the World
Chapter 6: The Church and the Churches
Conclusion: Paths for Ecumenism in a Secular Age