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Bonhoeffer's Theological Formation: Berlin, Barth, and Protestant Theology

Michael P. DeJonge


This book argues that the central concept of Bonhoeffer’s early theology, ‘person’, positions his thought in relationship to his own Lutheran tradition as well as the two most important post‐First World War theologies, Karl Barth’s dialectical theology and Karl Holl’s Luther interpretation. Barth convinces Bonhoeffer that theology must understand revelation as originating outside the human self in God’s freedom. But whereas Barth understands revelation as the act of an eternal divine subject, Bonhoeffer treats revelation as the act and being of the historical person of Jesus Christ. On the bas ... More

Keywords: Bonhoeffer, Barth, Holl, Luther, person, theology, revelation, Lutheran, transcendence

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199639786
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199639786.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Michael P. DeJonge, author
Assistant Professor of Religious Studies, University of South Florida