The Reluctant Revolutionary: Dietrich Bonhoeffer's Collision with Prusso-German History

The Reluctant Revolutionary: Dietrich Bonhoeffer's Collision with Prusso-German History

By: John A. Moses (author)Paperback

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Dietrich Bonhoeffer was a uniquely reluctant and distinctly German Lutheran revolutionary. In this volume, the author, an Anglican priest and historian, argues that Bonhoeffer's powerful critique of Germany's moral derailment needs to be understood as the expression of a devout Lutheran Protestant. Bonhoeffer gradually recognized the ways in which the intellectual and religious traditions of his own class - the Bildungsburgertum - were enabling Nazi evil. In response, he offered a religiously inspired call to political opposition and Christian witness-which cost him his life. The author investigates Bonhoeffer's stance in terms of his confrontation with the legacy of Hegelianism and Neo-Rankeanism, and by highlighting Bonhoeffer's intellectual and spiritual journey, shows how his endeavor to politicially reeducate the German people must be examined in theological terms. John A. Moses taught at the University of Queensland from 1965 to 1994. Since 2007 he has been professorial associate of St. Mark's National Theological Institute in Canberra. His publications include The Politics of Illusion: The Fischer Controversy in German Historiography (1975), German Trade Unions From Bismarck to Hitler (1982), Trade Union Theory from Marx to Walesa (1990), and edited with Christopher Puglsey, The German Empire and Britain's Pacific Dominions 1871-1919 (2000).

About Author

John A. Moses taught at the University of Queensland from 1965 to 1994. Since 2007 he has been professorial associate of St. Mark's National Theological Institute in Canberra. His publications include The Politics of Illusion: The Fischer Controversy in German Historiography (1975), German Trade Unions From Bismarck to Hitler (1982), Trade Union Theory from Marx to Walesa (1990), and edited with Christopher Puglsey, The German Empire and Britain's Pacific Dominions 1871 - 1919 (2000).

Contents

Foreword Michael Lattke Abbreviations Preface and Acknowledgements Introduction Chapter 1. The "Peculiarity" of German Political Culture Chapter 2. Bonhoeffer's Formation Chapter 3. The Problem of Anti-Semitism in Germany from Luther to Hitler Chapter 4. Bonhoeffer's Opening to the West and the Involvement in Ecumenism Chapter 5. The Church Struggle to 1937 Chapter 6. The Ethics of Conspiracy Chapter 7. Bonhoeffer and the Jewish Question Chapter 8. Dietrich Bonhoeffer as Critic of His Class in Retrospect Chapter 9. The Post-War Confrontation with the Nazi Past Epilogue: Bonhoeffer-Reception in post War Germany Appendices Appendix I: The Barmen Declaration of Faith Appendix II: The Stuttgart Declaration of Guilt Appendix III: Darmstadt Statement Appendix IV: More Justice in the GDR Bibliography Index

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  • ISBN13: 9781782383406
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 324
  • ID: 9781782383406
  • weight: 435
  • ISBN10: 1782383409

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