Christ and Revelatory Community in Bonhoeffer's Reception of Hegel

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David S. Robinson
Dogmatik in Der Moderne
  • Tübingen, Germany: 
    Mohr Siebeck GmbH & Company
    , June
     260 pages.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.
Review coming soon!

Review by Matthew K. Jones forthcoming.


How is God revealed through the life of a human community? Dietrich Bonhoeffer's theological ethics begins from the claim to 'Christ existing as community', one of several variations on G.W.F. Hegel's philosophy of religion. David Robinson argues that Bonhoeffer's eclectic use of Hegel's thought, from the socialising notion of 'objective Geist' to a trenchant depiction of the 'cleaving' mind, should not be obscured by his polemic against Idealism. He also offers close readings of Hegel's texts in order to appraise Bonhoeffer's criticism, particularly the charge of a 'docetic' distinction between idea and appearance in Christology. Meanwhile, historical context is provided for Hegel's 'deconfessionalisation' of the church vis-à-vis the state and Bonhoeffer's recovery of the ecclesio-political mark of suffering as non-recognition. The author provides a vital enquiry into the social compositions of faith and reason.

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

David S. Robinson isa Postdoctoral Fellow in Theology and Science at Regent College and Research Associate at Vancouver School of Theology, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

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