Evaluating 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:
Evaluating Bonhoeffer’s Alternative

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When Bonhoeffer’s intellectual relationship to Barth is understood as described in the previous chapters, then Bonhoeffer’s theology constitutes a genuine and enduring alternative to Barth’s. This chapter advances that case against the view, expressed in different forms in Charles Marsh’s Reclaiming Dietrich Bonhoeffer (Oxford, 1996) and Christiane Teitz’s Bonhoeffers Kritik der Vernunft (Mohr Siebeck, 1999), that Bonhoeffer’s critique of Barth either misses the mark or is rendered irrelevant by Barth’s intellectual development. Specifically, these interpretations of the Barth–Bonhoeffer relationship have allowed Hans Urs von Balthasar’s ‘from dialectic to analogy’ interpretation of Barth’s development to distract attention from the key issues in Bonhoeffer’s critique of Barth: the concepts of God and revelation.

Keywords: Charles Marsh; Christiane Tietz; Hans Urs von Balthasar; Bruce McCormack; Barth; ontology; continuity

Chapter.  5406 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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