Reclaiming Dietrich Bonhoeffer: The Promise of His Theology by Charles Marsh

Reclaiming Dietrich Bonhoeffer: The Promise of His Theology

byCharles Marsh

Paperback | September 1, 1996

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In this book, Marsh offers a new way of reading the theology of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, a Christian theologian who was executed for his role in the resistance against Hitler and the Nazis. Focusing on Bonhoeffer's substantial philosophical interests, Marsh examines his work in the context of theGerman philosophical tradition, from Kant through Hegel to Heidegger. Marsh argues that Bonhoeffer's description of human identity offers a compelling alternative to post-Kantian conceptions of selfhood. In addition, he shows that Bonhoeffer, while working within the boundaries of Barth's theology,provides both a critique and redescription of the tradition of transcendental subjectivity. This fresh look at Bonhoeffer's thought will provoke much discussion in the theological academy and the church, as well as in broader forums of intellectual life.

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Title:Reclaiming Dietrich Bonhoeffer: The Promise of His TheologyFormat:PaperbackDimensions:216 pages, 9.17 × 6.14 × 0.55 inPublished:September 1, 1996Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0195111443

ISBN - 13:9780195111446

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Reclaiming Dietrich Bonhoeffer is certain to inspire a new consideration of Bonhoeffer's place in contemporary Christian theology. In this groundbreaking study, Charles Marsh offers a new way of reading Dietrich Bonhoeffer - a theologian who was executed for his role in the resistance against Hitler and the Nazis. Focusing on Bonhoeffer's extensive philosophical interests, Marsh examines his work in the context of the German philosophical tradition, from Kant through Hegel to Heidegger. With an eye on the contemporary debate about the self and community, Marsh argues that Bonhoeffer's description of human identity offers a compelling alternative to post-Kantian conceptions of selfhood. By evaluating Bonhoeffer's writings against the background of modern German philosophy, Marsh shows that Bonhoeffer, while working within the boundaries of Karl Barth's theology, provides both a powerful critique and an innovative redescription of the tradition of transcendental subjectivity. Attentive to past scholarly endeavors as well as to recent conversations in critical theory

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"In Reclaiming Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Charles Marsh offers a provocative contribution to the task of reestablishing the foundations and reappraising the context of Bonhoeffer's theology. Marsh's work will be a catalyst for further study along these lines."--The Journal of Religion