Title Page, Copyright

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Contents

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pp. v-xvi

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General Editor’s Foreword to Dietrich Bonhoeffer Works

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pp. xvii-xxiv

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 cooptation of his church. ...

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pp. xxv-xxvi

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Editor’s Introduction to the English Edition

Clifford J. Green

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pp. 1-50

The years 1928 to 1931 were formative for Dietrich Bonhoeffer, both personally and theologically. A decade later he wrote to his church superintendent Max Diestel in Berlin that this period “set my entire thinking on a track from which it has not yet deviated and never will.” ...

Part 1: Letters, Diaries, Documents

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A. Assignment as Vicar in Barcelona (February 1928–February 1929)

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pp. 53-176

Only today am I getting around to answering your cordial lines of December 1.[2] As is always the case at this time of year, I have had a great deal of work to do. Also, my daughter’s wedding, in which virtually the entire colony participated, took place on December 20. ...

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B. Academic Assistantship, Postdoctoral Dissertation, Second Theological Examination in Berlin (March 1929–September 1930)

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pp. 177-240

The Sternstunden[3] on the table here next to me, which I have finished reading, reminds me that I wanted to thank you for the delightful hours I spent with this book and which remind me of the unfortunately rare hours we spent together. In the course of eight days, one world has sunk, and a new, or rather old, gray one, covered with the moss of tradition, ...

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C. Fellowship at Union Theological Seminary, New York (September 1930–June 1931)

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pp. 241-322

Well, this is the first day of my journey. It’s 8:30 p.m., and I have finally managed to grab a place in the writing salon. The ship is very quiet. Only the propellers create a bit of ongoing vibration. The day was beautiful. We departed at 10:30 a.m. My parents spent two hours on the ship with me; we had a look at the whole ship. ...

Part 2: Essays and Lectures

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A. Lectures to the Congregation in Barcelona: Crisis and Hope in the Contemporary Religious Situation (November 1928–February 1929)

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pp. 325-378

Two simple considerations have prompted me to invite you to this series of lectures, and the same two considerations have probably also prompted you cordially to accept that invitation. First, the subject matter itself is incomparably serious. ...

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B. Essays from the Berlin Period (1930)

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pp. 379-410

Thousands of young theologians look back with me in this hour at their great teacher. Today his legacy is passed down to us, and we accept this legacy proudly and with a strong consciousness of the responsibility it brings. In so doing, however, we look to the future, to what Adolf von Harnack will continue to mean to the present generation of theologians. ...

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C. Papers and Essays at Union Theological Seminary, New York (September 1930–June 1931)

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pp. 411-476

It is indeed a strange feeling for me just coming over here from Germany now to stand for an american christian young people group trying to talk about this event of the recent history, which had seperated our peoples for many years. ...

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Part 3: Sermons, Catechetical Lessons, and Addresses

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pp. 477-590

Holy God, from the melancholy remembrance of great days of our people we return to the present, to daily life. Bestow some of the radiance of the greatness that happened years ago for us out there upon our present lives. May our steps be strong and sure; may the seeds you have sown bear fruit for us. ...

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“Turning Away from the Phraseological to the Real”: A Personal Recollection

Hans Christoph von Hase

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pp. 591-604

“I don’t think I’ve ever changed very much, except perhaps at the time of my first impressions abroad, and under the first conscious influence of Papa’s personality. It was then that a turning away from the phraseological to the real ensued.” ...

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Editor’s Afterword to the German Edition

Reinhart Staats

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pp. 605-636

Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s writings from the years 1928–31 include private texts, theological and scholarly texts, and texts relating to practical church matters. Although all these texts are, of course, significant for Bonhoeffer’s own external and internal biography, the sheer scope of their intellectual and indeed their geographical horizon, ...

Appendix 1: Chronology 1928–1931

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pp. 637-642

Appendix 2: Bonhoeffer’s Courses at Union Theological Seminary

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pp. 643-646

Appendix 3: Unpublished Material from Bonhoeffer’s Literary Estate 1928–1930

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pp. 647-648

Appendix 4: Texts Published in Gesammelte Schriften and in DBWE 10

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pp. 649-650

Bibliography

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pp. 651-682

Index of Scriptural References

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pp. 683-686

Index of Names

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pp. 687-726

Index of Subjects

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pp. 727-762

Editors and Translators

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pp. 763-764