A Testament to Freedom: The Essential Writings of Dietrich Bonhoeffer

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Harper Collins, Mar 31, 1995 - Religion - 592 pages
Dietrich Bonhoeffer was only thirty-nine years old when he was executed in a Nazi concentration camp in 1945, yet his courage, vision, and brilliance have greatly influenced the twentieth-century Church and theology. Particularly through his bestselling classic, The Cost of Discipleship, Bonhoeffer profoundly shaped such minds and movements as Martin Luther King, Jr., and Leonardo Boff, civil rights and leberation theology.

A Testament to Freedom, completely revised and expanded for this edition, includes previously untranslated writings, excerpts from major books, sermons, and selected letters spanning the years of Bonhoeffer's pastoral and theological career. This magnificent volume takes readers on a historical and biographical journey that follows Bonhoeffer through the various stages of his life--as teacher, ecumenist, pastor, preacher, seminary director, prophet in the Nazi era and, finally, as martyr in pursuit of peace and justice.

 

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Contents

Editors Introduction
1
Christ as Community
45
The Communion of Saints 1930
54
Act and Being 1931
64
Bonhoeffer the Teacher and Lecturer
77
for the Kingdom of God on Earth November 19 1932
88
Christ the Center Summer 1933
110
Bonhoeffers Confession of Faith
125
Sermons 19351939
252
The Legacy of Another Era January 15 1936
269
Christs Love and Our Enemies January 23 1938
284
Christus Victor November 26 1939
298
Life Together 1939
322
Bonhoeffers Ethics
341
Bonhoeffers Correspondence
373
Who Is Jesus Christ for Us Today?
375

The Church Struggle and Nazi Racial Policies
127
The Church and the Jewish Question April 1933
130
The Bethel Confession August 1933
134
Declaration September 7 1933
138
The Confessing Church and the Ecumenical Movement August 1935
139
The Interpretation of the New Testament August 23 1935
149
The Visible Church in the New Testament 19351936
153
The Question of the Boundaries of the Church and Church Union April 22 1936
158
Our Way According to the Testimony of Scripture October 26 1938
168
Bonhoeffer the Pastor
173
The Word of God in Sermon and Spiritual Ministry
175
The Pastor and Spiritual Care 19351939
178
Sermons 19281932
183
The Coming of Jesus in Our Midst December 2 1928
185
On Gods Message of Love to Germany and the Community of Nations Autumn 1930
187
Gods Loving Care and Human Suffering October 4 1931
194
On Being People Waiting for the Lord November 29 1931
199
The Cross of Christ and Remembrance of the Dead February 21 1932
201
The Gospel of the New Order May 29 1932
205
On Freedom July 24 1932
206
Sermons 19331934
207
A Church of the World or a Church of the Word? May 28 1933
209
Peter and the Church Struggle July 23 1933
213
On Repentance November 19 1933
217
Confident Hope November 26 1933
219
Come O Rescuer December 3 1933
223
Human Greatness under the Judgment of Love
239
Letters from the Year in Barcelona 1928
379
Letters to Erwin Sutz 19311932
382
Correspondence with Karl Barth 19321933
387
Letter to Bishop Theodor Heckel October 1933
393
Letters to Bishop George K A Bell of Chichester 19331934
394
Letters Relating to the Ecumenical Conference atFanø 1934
404
Letters to Erwin Sutz 19331936
409
Letters to Martin Niemöller 1933
415
Letters to His Grandmother 19331934
418
Letters on Becoming a Christian 19351939
421
Letters to Karl Barth 1936 1942
428
Circular Letters in the Church Struggle and War Years 19361942
434
Disaffection with the Ecumenical Movement and the Confessing Church 19371938
460
Letters and Journal Entries Report on the American Church 1939
466
A Letter to the Family and Conspirators Christmas 1942
482
Letters to His Fiancée 19431944
487
Letters to Eberhard Bethge 19401944
491
Poems
494
Who AmI? June 1944
514
Christians and Pagans July 1944
515
Stations on the Way to Freedom July 21 1944
516
The Death of Moses September 1944
518
The Dietrich Bonhoeffer Works Translation Project
527
Glossary of Terms
543
Bibliography
553
Index of Subjects
559
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Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1906–1945) was a renowned and beloved Christian minister, seminary professor, and theologian who was imprisoned and later executed by the Nazis for his resistance to Hitler. He was the author of the bestselling classic The Cost of Discipleship, Life Together, and Letters and Papers from Prison.

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