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  • Copyright: 2009-01-01
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Called by Karl Barth "the brilliant Ethics of Dietrich Bonhoeffer," this book is finally being recognized as Bonhoeffer's magnum opus and one of the most important works of Christian ethics of the last century. Presented here in a new translation and a striking new arrangement, it is based on intensive study of the original manuscripts and includes copious historical notes and commentary. Written in the midst of the conspiracy to overthrow the Hitler regime, it is nonetheless chiefly concerned with ethics for the postwar time of reconstruction and peace. Focused on Christ, the God who became human, and the vision of a world reconciled with God, the Ethics shuns abstraction, seeks the will of God in concrete historical reality, and calls the church to be a transforming community in the world with a new responsibility in public life. Book jacket.

Author Biography

Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1906-45), 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.

Table of Contents

General Editor's Foreword to Dietrich Bonhoeffer Worksp. vii
Abbreviationsp. xiii
Editor's Introduction to the English Edition, Clifford J. Greenp. 1
Ethics: Manuscripts in a Reconstructed Writing Sequencep. 45
Christ, Reality, and Good. Christ, Church, and Worldp. 47
Ethics as Formationp. 76
Heritage and Decayp. 103
Guilt, Justification, Renewalp. 134
Ultimate and Penultimate Thingsp. 146
Natural Lifep. 171
Natural Lifep. 178
Suum Cuiquep. 181
The Right to Bodily Lifep. 185
Self-Murderp. 196
Reproduction and Developing Lifep. 203
The Freedom of Bodily Lifep. 214
The Natural Rights of the Life of the Spiritp. 217
History and Good [1]p. 219
History and Good [2]p. 246
The Structure of Responsible Lifep. 257
The Place of Responsibilityp. 289
Love and Responsibilityp. 298
God's Love and the Disintegration of the Worldp. 299
Church and World Ip. 339
On the Possibility of the Church's Message to the Worldp. 352
The "Ethical" and the "Christian" as a Topicp. 363
The Concrete Commandment and the Divine Mandatesp. 388
The Commandment of God in the Churchp. 394
Editors' Afterword to the German Editionp. 409
Chronology of Ethicsp. 450
Preparing the German Edition of Ethics Ilse Todtp. 467
Arrangements of Ethicsp. 477
Facsimile Pages, "Heritage and Decay"p. 478
Literature Used by Bonhoefferp. 481
Literature Consulted by the Editorsp. 491
Other Literature Related to Ethicsp. 515
Index of Scriptural Referencesp. 527
Index of Namesp. 531
Index of Subjectsp. 561
Editors and Translatorsp. 591
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