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2. Bonhoeffer's Theology
About this Lecture
In this module, we look at Bonhoeffer’s theology, focusing in particular on (i) challenges to theology in late nineteenth and early twentieth century Germany (ii) Friedrich Schliermacher and Adolf von Harnack’s influence upon the doctrine of Christology, and Bonhoeffer’s response to liberal theology (iii) Karl Holl and Karl Barth’s influence on Bonhoeffer’s theology (iv) the significance of Bonhoeffer’s advocacy of the reestablishment of Christ as the living word of God, and Christ existing as community in the church.
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.
Cite this Lecture
Plant, S. (2022, May 16). Christian Moral Action – Dietrich Bonhoeffer - Bonhoeffer's Theology [Video]. MASSOLIT. https://www.massolit.io/courses/christian-moral-action-dietrich-bonhoeffer/bonhoeffer-s-theology
Plant, S. "Christian Moral Action – Dietrich Bonhoeffer – Bonhoeffer's Theology." MASSOLIT, uploaded by MASSOLIT, 16 May 2022, https://www.massolit.io/courses/christian-moral-action-dietrich-bonhoeffer/bonhoeffer-s-theology