Recovering the Extraordinary Legacy of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Theologian and MartyrThis course will briefly examine the multi-dimensional German contexts before and during Nazism. Having established something of the contexts within which Bonhoeffer lived and taught, we will explore some of his key theological writings. This will include his most popular works, Discipleship and Life Together. We will also, briefly, examine some of his other academic writings that influenced and/or reflect his deepest theological commitments, as well as his writings that addressed the issues of war and anti-Semitism. We will delve into some of his most provocative writings that come from his hand during his most trying time—Letters and Papers from Prison. Bonhoeffer’s courageous, almost unique witness in the midst of the Third Reich is what truly sets him apart. Thus, elements of his life will be woven throughout this course. Finally, we will pose the question: what might we learn from Bonhoeffer for us in our time? Student’s may wish to purchase Nation’s book, Discipleship in a World Full of Nazis: Recovering the True Legacy of Dietrich Bonhoeffer. It is also recommended that you watch the documentary film, Dietrich Bonhoeffer: Memories and Perspectives (Amazon Prime).
MARK THIESSEN NATION has a Ph.D. in theological ethics from Fuller Theological Seminary. He is Professor Emeritus of Theology, Eastern Mennonite Seminary. In addition to having taught at EMS, Nation has been a pastor, a social worker, the founding director of a peace and justice organization, and the director of The London Mennonite Centre, London, England. He is the author of numerous articles and book reviews and has edited and authored a number of books. Most recently he has written two books on Dietrich Bonhoeffer. Dietrich Bonhoeffer the Assassin?, co-authored with two former students, was published in 2013 (Baker Academic); and in 2022, Discipleship in a World Full of Nazis: Recovering the True Legacy of Dietrich Bonhoeffer (Cascade Books) was published.
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