Christ Existing As Community

Bonhoeffer's Ecclesiology

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Michael Mawson
  • Oxford, England: 
    Oxford University Press
    , September
     224 pages.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.
Review coming soon!

Review by Nicholas Byle forthcoming.


In Christ Existing as Community, Michael Mawson recovers and clarifies the German theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer's early and important work on ecclesiology, focusing especially on his doctoral dissertation Sanctorum Communio. Despite occasional pronouncements of the importance of this dissertation, it has still received only limited scholarly attention. Mawson demonstrates how Bonhoeffer draws upon and reworks social theory in order to develop an account of the church as a reality of God's revelation and a concrete human community. On this basis Mawson concludes that Bonhoeffer's ecclesiology has ongoing significance for contemporary debates in theology and Christian ethics.

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

Michael Mawson is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Divinity and Religious Studies at the University of Aberdeen.

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