Letters and Papers from Prison

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Fortress Press, Nov 1, 2015 - Religion - 614 pages

Despite Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s earlier theological achievements and writings, it was his correspondence and notes from prison that electrified the postwar world six years after his death in 1945. The materials gathered and selected by his friend Eberhard Bethge in Letters and Papers from Prison not only brought Bonhoeffer to a wide and appreciative readership, especially in North America, they also introduced to a broad readership his novel and exciting ideas of religionless Christianity, his open and honest theological appraisal of Christian doctrines, and his sturdy, if sorely tried, faith in face of uncertainty and doubt.

 

This splendid volume, in some ways the capstone of the Dietrich Bonhoeffer Works, presents the full array of Bonhoeffer’s 1943–1945 prison letters and theological writings. Using the acclaimed DBWE translation, adapted to a more accessible format, this new edition features supplemental material from Victoria J. Barnett and an insightful introduction by John W. de Gruchy to clarify the theological meaning and social importance of Bonhoeffer’s prison writings.

 

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User Review  - stillatim - LibraryThing

Probably more than you really need, and the first few hundred pages are mostly quite dull reading ('Dear Mum, please send chocolate and volume three of seventeen of Schneergartenwiegrunde's ... Read full review

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Letters and Papers from Prison (LPP) by Dietrich Bonhoeffer is a fascinating creation of desperation and subtle suffering wrapped up within an understanding and reliance upon the Judeo-Christian God ... Read full review

Contents

Prologue
3
Part 1 Title Page
21
Part 1
23
Part 2 Title Page
97
Part 2
99
Part 3 Title Page
339
Part 3
341
Part 4 Title Page
469
Epilogue Title Page
537
Epilogue
539
Study Questions
543
A Guide to Related Texts and Resources
545
Index of Names
551
Index of Subjects
567
Index of Biblical References
611
Copyright

Part 4
471

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Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1906–1945), a German theologian, pastor, and ecumenist, studied in Berlin and at Union Theological Seminary in New York City. He played a central role in the Confessing Church during the Nazi period and became one of the most influential theologians of the twentieth century.

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