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Ecumenical, Academic, and Pastoral Work


by Dietrich Bonhoeffer; edited by Victoris J. Barnett, Mark Brocker, and Michael B. Lukens

Publication Year: 2012

Volume 11 in the sixteen-volume Dietrich Bonhoeffer Works English Edition, Ecumenical, Academic, and Pastoral Work: 1931-1932, provides a comprehensive translation of Bonhoeffer’s important writings from 1931 to 1932, with extensive commentary about their historical context and theological significance. This volume covers the significant period of Bonhoeffer's entry into the international ecumenical world and the final months before the beginning of the National Socialist dictatorship. It begins with Bonhoeffer's return to Berlin in June 1931 after his year of study in the United States. In the crucial period that followed, Bonhoeffer continued his preparations for the ministry, began teaching at Berlin University, and became active at international ecumenical meetings. His letters and lectures, however, also document the economic and political turbulence on the European and world stage, and Bonhoeffer directly addresses the growing threat of the Nazi movement and what it portends not only for Germany, but for the world. Several of the documents in this volume, particularly the student notes of his university lecture on "The Nature of the Church" and his lectures on Christian ethics, give important insights into his theology at this point. His ecumenical lectures and reports are significant documents for understanding the ecumenical debates of this period. 

Published by: Augsburg Fortress Publishers

Series: Dietrich Bonhoeffer Works


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pp. 1-1

Title Page, Copyright

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pp. 2-5


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pp. v-xii

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General Editor’s Foreword to Dietrich Bonhoeffer Works

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pp. xiii-xx

The German theologian and pastor Dietrich Bonhoeffer has become one of the most influential Christian thinkers of all time. Barely twenty-seven years of age when the Nazi regime came to power in Germany, Bonhoeffer emerged immediately as a radical Protestant voice against the ideological co-optation of his church. ...


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pp. xxi-xxii

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Editors’ Introduction to the English Edition

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pp. 1-26

This volume covers the period from June 1931, when twenty-five-year-old Dietrich Bonhoeffer returned from his year of study at Union Theological Seminary in New York, to the turbulent weeks of the waning Weimar Republic in October 1932. The shift from student life to the beginning of a professional career is a significant transition in any life, ...

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Part 1: Letters and Documents

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pp. 27-162

In accordance with § 1 of the Church Law of March 4, 1930, Concerning the Assignment of Candidates for the Ministry to Work as Assistant Pastors in the Church—K.G. u. V. Bl.[2] 1930, p. 113f.—your year of work as an assistant pastor begins on August 1, 1931. ...

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Part 2: Reports, Theological Studies, and Texts from the University Period

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pp. 163-398

Those who view the World Alliance with disinterest or resentment[2] should take the opportunity either to confirm their judgment based on the results of the Cambridge meeting or to revise it. The forthcoming disarmament conference in Geneva[3] and the world crisis,[4] whose problems are not insignificantly related to it, ...

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Part 3: Sermons and Meditations

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pp. 399-476

It is two and a half thousand years ago that, far from home, consumed by suffering in body and soul, surrounded by mocking doubters and enemies of his God, the pious old Jewish man thinks back over the strange paths on which God is taking him. It is not a comfortable, peaceful contemplation, but a struggle, a struggle of near desperation[3] ...

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Editor’s Afterword to the German Edition

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pp. 477-492

On December 25, 1932, Bonhoeffer wrote to Helmut Rößler, a friend from university days, about a remark Bonhoeffer himself had made “a long time ago” about his personal “disinterestedness” in politics: “It now actually strikes me as frivolous. It was only meant to indicate the parameter within which I see these problems through the objective reality of the church.”[1] ...


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pp. 493-506


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pp. 507-558

Index of Scriptural References

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pp. 559-560

Index of Names

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pp. 561-598

Index of Subjects

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pp. 599-607

Editors and Translators

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pp. 609-612

E-ISBN-13: 9781451406733
E-ISBN-10: 1451406738
Print-ISBN-13: 9780800698386
Print-ISBN-10: 080069838X

Page Count: 556
Publication Year: 2012

Volume Title: Dietrich Bonhoeffer Works
Series Title: Dietrich Bonhoeffer Works
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OCLC Number: 852757196
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