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The Problem of Act and Being

Michael P. DeJonge

in Bonhoeffer's Theological Formation

Published in print February 2012 | ISBN: 9780199639786
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191738708 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199639786.003.0002
The Problem of Act and Being

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The second chapter demonstrates that ‘the problem of act and being’, which Bonhoeffer develops in his postdoctoral dissertation, Act and Being, is his technical, philosophical‐theological expression of the impasse introduced in chapter 1. Developed against the background of modern philosophy since Kant, this problem (a) provides the framework for Bonhoeffer’s critique of his Berlin teacher Karl Holl’s theology, which employs a being‐concept of revelation and therefore lacks an orientation to transcendence, and (b) provides the framework for Bonhoeffer’s critique of Karl Barth’s theology, which employs an act‐concept of revelation and therefore lacks an orientation to the world, while (c) establishing the criteria for his own mediating position, which relies on Heidegger to develop a person‐concept of revelation that, because person conceptually unites act and being, orients theology simultaneously to transcendence and the world.

Keywords: Act and Being; philosophy; Kant; Heidegger; person; transcendence

Chapter.  7558 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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