The Lutheran Provenance of Bonhoeffer’s Alternative

Michael P. DeJonge

in Bonhoeffer's Theological Formation

Published in print February 2012 | ISBN: 9780199639786
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191738708 | DOI:
The Lutheran Provenance of Bonhoeffer’s Alternative

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Just as Barth’s act‐theology draws on Reformed resources, so Bonhoeffer’s alternative person‐theology draws on the Lutheran tradition. By reference primarily to Bonhoeffer’s ‘Lectures in Christology’, this chapter demonstrates that the person‐concept of revelation developed in Act and Being is Bonhoeffer’s articulation of the Lutheran interpretation of the person of Christ as the historical unity of God and humanity, the historical reconciliation of opposites. This chapter also explores the form of thinking implied by Bonhoeffer’s person‐concept of revelation. In contrast to Barth’s dialectical thinking, which works to maintain the distinction of God and creation, Bonhoeffer’s thinking is hermeneutic, beginning with the reconciliation of God and creation in the person of Christ.

Keywords: Lutheran; Christology; Chalcedon; hermeneutic; dialectic; ‘Lectures in Christology’

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Subjects: Christian Theology

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