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Ethics by Dietrich Bonhoeffer


by Dietrich Bonhoeffer

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One of the best and most beautiful books I have ever read. I have saved a few books for myself to read at a later date. What an awesome gift this is to me! ( )
  aegossman | Feb 25, 2015 |
Translated from the German: Ethik.
  CGSLibrary | Jul 12, 2011 |
It is hard to review Bonhoeffer's Ethics since it is not completed. Many of its portions seem a bit disjointed, especially the somewhat arcane discussion of Lutheran primus usis legis and the like.

Nevertheless, the general theory of the book has merit-- the world is not dualist, but singular, under the authority of Jesus Christ who reconciled the world to God through His blood. Nothing can be properly understood as apart from Christ, since Christ is the source of creation and all things exist because of Him. On account of these things, and in an attempt to make sense of reality, Bonhoeffer identifies four mandates that God imposes upon the world-- labor, marriage (he adds family to this on occasion), government, and the church. Bonhoeffer sees each of these functioning in complementary ways and operating under their distinct mandates.

It would have been great to see how all the different pieces could contribute to this whole, but alas, such will not be the case. ( )
  deusvitae | Aug 7, 2009 |
I. Ethics as Formation & Inheritance and Decay: Guilt, Justification and Renewal
II. Christ, Reality and Good (Christ, the Church and the World)
III. The Last Things and the Things Before the Last
IV. The Love of God and the Decay of the World
V. The Church and the World
VI. History and Good & The Place of Responsibility
VII. The 'Ethical' and the 'Christian' as a Theme & The Concrete Commandment and the Divine Mandates

I. The Doctrine of the Primus Usus Legis According to the Lutheran Symbolic Writings
II. Personal and 'Real' Ethos
III. State and Church
IV. On the Possibility of the Word of the Church to the World
V. What is Meant by 'Telling the Truth'?
  WARM | Feb 22, 2008 |
This work is unfinished due to the death of Bonhoeffer by Nazi Germany. Bonhoeffer argues that the church should challenge the government to rule justly. In this way, he moves away from his more passive (less politically radical) message in his Cost of Discipleship. ( )
  awhayouseh | Mar 8, 2007 |
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Dietrich Bonhoefferprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bethge, EberhardEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Green, Clifford J.Editorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Smith, Neville HortonTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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The Christian does not live in a vacuum, says the author, but in a world of government, politics, labor, and marriage. Hence, Christian ethics cannot exist in a vacuum; what the Christian needs, claims Dietrich Bonhoeffer, is concrete instruction in a concrete situation. Although the author died before completing his work, this book is recognized as a major contribution to Christian ethics.

The root and ground of Christian ethics, the author says, is the reality of God as revealed in Jesus Christ. This reality is not manifest in the Church as distinct from the secular world; such a juxtaposition of two separate spheres, Bonhoeffer insists, is a denial of God's having reconciled the whole world to himself in Christ. On the contrary, God's commandment is to be found and known in the Church, the family, labor, and government. His commandment permits man to live as man before God, in a world God made, with responsibility for the institutions of that world.

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