Bonhoeffer: God’s Conspirator in a State of Exception

Theologian. Conspirator. Martyr. Saint. Dietrich Bonhoeffer was killed in the waning days of World War II, having been implicated in the July 20th assassination attempt on Hitler. Since his death, Bonhoeffer’s life and writings have inspired contradictory responses. He is often seen as a model for C...

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Main Author: Brown, Petra
Format: Electronic Book
Language:English
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Published: Cham Springer International Publishing 2019
Series/Journal:SpringerLink Bücher
Further subjects:B Theology
B Ethics
B Christian Theology
B World War, 1939-1945
Online Access: Volltext (Verlag)
Parallel Edition:Erscheint auch als: 978-3-030-05697-1
Printed edition: 9783030056971
Printed edition: 9783030056995
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Summary:Theologian. Conspirator. Martyr. Saint. Dietrich Bonhoeffer was killed in the waning days of World War II, having been implicated in the July 20th assassination attempt on Hitler. Since his death, Bonhoeffer’s life and writings have inspired contradictory responses. He is often seen as a model for Christian pacifist resistance, and more recently for violent direct political action. Bonhoeffer’s name has been invoked by violent anti-abortion protestors as well as political leaders calling for support on a ‘war on terror’ in the aftermath of 9/11. Petra Brown critically analyses Bonhoeffer’s writing preceding and during his conspiracy involvement, particularly his recurring concept of the ‘extraordinary.’ Brown examines this idea in light of ‘the state of exception,’ a concept coined by the one-time Nazi jurist and political theorist, Carl Schmitt. She also draws on the existentialist philosopher Sören Kierkegaard to consider what happens when discipleship is understood as obedience to a divine command. This book aims to complicate an unreflective admiration of Bonhoeffer’s decision for conspiracy, and draws attention to the potentially dangerous implications of his emerging political theology
Chapter 1 Introduction: The martyrdom of ‘saint’ Bonhoeffer -- Chapter 2 Bonhoeffer: All American hero? -- Chapter 3: Pacifism: The ‘extraordinary’ Sermon on the Mount -- Chapter 4 Bonhoeffer’s turn to conspiracy: the ‘extraordinary situation’ -- Ch. 5 Political Theology and the State of Exception -- Ch.6 The Extraordinary situation and the State of Exception -- Chapter 7 The Obedient Existential Disciple -- Chapter 8 The limits of the extraordinary situation? -- Chapter 9: Bonhoeffer in a Crisis-World -- Chapter 10 Conclusion: Bonhoeffer the conspirator: a dangerous heroism?
ISBN:3030056988
Persistent identifiers:DOI: 10.1007/978-3-030-05698-8