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Bonhoeffer's Ethic of Discipleship

Study in Social Psychology, Political Thought and Religion

By (author) Kenneth E. Morris
Format: Hardback
Publisher: Pennsylvania State University Press, Pennsylvania, United States
Published: 1st Oct 1990
Dimensions: w 150mm h 230mm d 12mm
Weight: 363g
ISBN-10: 0271004282
ISBN-13: 9780271004280
Barcode No: 9780271004280
Synopsis
This is the first book to focus on the ethic that Dietrich Bonhoeffer constructed during the 1930s an ethic he crafted while playing a key role in Christian resistance to Nazism and an ethic still inspiring politically active Christians. The ethic of discipleship, this study argues, represents a reworking of the Christian faith so that it becomes actively opposed to totalitarianism. This book therefore adds a significant dimension to the published record concerning the German theologian and pastor executed in 1945 for conspiring to assassinate Hitler and overthrow the Third Reich.Since an ethic reflects more than a cognitive assent and has emotional and experiential dimensions, the author's approach is socio-psychological, drawing on the large documentary record of Bonhoeffer's family relations. Reductionism, however, is rejected in this book, which gives social psychology parity but not superiority in understanding Bonhoeffer's religious quest and political dialogue."

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