Title Page, Copyright, Series Page

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Contents

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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 cooptation of his church. ...

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pp. xxi-xxii

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Editor’s Introduction to the English Edition

Larry L. Rasmussen

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pp. 1-50

Civilization and barbarism are not incompatible. The university and the church can serve them both well. One might draw this sobering conclusion from Berlin: 1932–1933. ...

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Part 1: Letters and Documents

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pp. 51-188

How are you getting along? In these difficult times for Germany, my thoughts often turn to you and to those who bear such a difficult responsibility for the objectives of the Alliance, and especially for the attitudes of Christians and the churches in view of the serious current political and economic situation. ...

Part 2: Essays and Lectures

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A. Winter Semester 1932–1933

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pp. 191-298

Only God himself can speak his Word, deus dixit,[8] i.e., it is a question of the beginning that God himself made. Human words came afterward. The Word of God cuts vertically through human words. He said it in Jesus Christ and God speaks this Word anew, again and again, and it should be seized anew, again and again, in faith. ...

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B. Summer Semester 1933

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pp. 299-436

To pray is to keep silent and at the same time to cry out, before God in both cases, in the light of God’s Word. Christology, as the doctrine about Christ, is a rather peculiar area of scholarship, [to the extent that] Christ is the very Word of God. Christology is doctrine, speaking, the word about the Word of God. Christ is the Logos of God. ...

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Part 3: Sermons, Homilies, and Liturgies

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pp. 437-482

But I have this against you, that you have abandoned the love you had at first. Remember then from what you have fallen; repent, and do the works you did at first. If not, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place, unless you repent. . . . Let anyone who has an ear listen to what the Spirit is saying to the churches. ...

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Editor’s Afterword to the German Edition

Ernst-Albert Scharffenorth

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pp. 483-508

This volume offers a perspective on one of the most important periods in Bonhoeffer’s life. Because much concerning Bonhoeffer’s life in Berlin from 1932 to 1933 was never documented in written form, the biographical documents here cannot pretend to address all questions. ...

Concerning the History of the Bethel Confession

Carsten Nicolaisen

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pp. 509-514

Theses on Youth Work in the Church

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pp. 515-518

Appendix 1: Chronology of 1932–1933

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pp. 519-524

Appendix 2: Unpublished Material from Bonhoeffer’s Literary Estate and Other Sources, 1932–1933

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p. 525

Appendix 3: Texts Published in DBWE 12 and in Gesammelte Schriften and Mündige Welt 5

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pp. 526-528

Bibliography

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pp. 529-560

Index of Scriptural References

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pp. 561-564

Index of Names

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pp. 565-616

Index of Subjects

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pp. 617-678

Editors and Translators

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pp. 679-680