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Christian Moral Action – Dietrich Bonhoeffer

5. Bonhoeffer’s Relevance Today

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In this module, we explore Bonhoeffer’s relevance today, focusing in particular on (i) Bonhoeffer’s response to the decentralisation of the Church, and finding God in a secular age (ii) the role of Lutheran theology in emphasising God’s fullness in Christ’s humanity (iii) the recalibration of divine power (iii) the significance of martyrdom for modern sainthood.


In this course Dr Stephen Plant (University of Cambridge) explores the life and work of Dietrich Bonhoeffer. In the first module, we look at the life of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, and the historical context in which his theology emerged. In the second module, we delve closer into Bonhoeffer’s theology in an increasingly secular society, and his response to other theologians of his day. In the third module we examine Bonhoeffer’s emphasis on the cost of discipleship, in the context of changing dynamics between the church and Nazi state. In the fourth module, we explore Christian ethics in emergency, before turning to Bonhoeffer’s relevance today in the fifth module. In the sixth and final module, we investigate the role Bonhoeffer played in an assassination attempt on Adolf Hitler, and explore the ethics of his involvement, with note to the relevance of hindsight.


Dr Stephen Plant is a lecturer in Christian theology and on ethics in the Faculty of Divinity. He has written and edited several books including Bonhoeffer (2004), The SPCK Introduction to Simone Weil and Taking Stock of Bonhoeffer ( 2014). His current research includes theology and international development, and the theology and life of Karl Barth.

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Plant, S. (2022, May 16). Christian Moral Action – Dietrich Bonhoeffer - Bonhoeffer’s Relevance Today [Video]. MASSOLIT.

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Plant, S. "Christian Moral Action – Dietrich Bonhoeffer – Bonhoeffer’s Relevance Today." MASSOLIT, uploaded by MASSOLIT, 16 May 2022,