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Christ Existing as Community: Bonhoeffer's Ecclesiology

Michael Mawson


How can theologians recognize the church as a historical and human community, while still holding that it has been established by Christ and is a work of the Spirit? How can a theological account of the church draw insights and concepts from the social sciences, without Christian commitments and claims about the church being undermined or displaced? In 1927, the 21-year-old Dietrich Bonhoeffer defended his licentiate dissertation, Sanctorum Communio: A Theological Study of the Sociology of the Church. This remains his most neglected and misunderstood work. Christ Existing as Community thus ret ... More

Keywords: Bonhoeffer, ecclesiology, Lutheran theology, Sanctorum Communio, social theory

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780198826460
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198826460.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Michael Mawson, author
Senior Lecturer in the Department of Divinity and Religious Studies, University of Aberdeen