Want a taste of what my dissertation is about? Read these two passages (Dissertation Dispatch, 2020-04-03)

What does “religion” mean? Great question! I’m writing my dissertation on Barth, Bonhoeffer, the Bible, and “religion.” However, getting clear on just what Barth and Bonhoeffer meant by “religion” is a huge challenge. It’s what I devoted my entire writing sample to examining, and I plan to devote an entire chapter of my dissertation to… Continue reading Want a taste of what my dissertation is about? Read these two passages (Dissertation Dispatch, 2020-04-03)

What did Barth and Bonhoeffer think of the Bible? (Dissertation Dispatch, 2020-03-30)

I’m trying to parse out the relevance of Barth’s and Bonhoeffer’s engagement with Scripture for making sense of the “Barth-Bonhoeffer relationship.” Specifically, I’m trying to, at the very least, add some biblical content and context to the ongoing debate over the relationship between Barth’s and Bonhoeffer’s theological critiques of religion. As I put it in… Continue reading What did Barth and Bonhoeffer think of the Bible? (Dissertation Dispatch, 2020-03-30)

Interpretive Approaches to the Beatitudes

As I said in my previous post, “Interpretive Approaches to the Sermon on the Mount,” I’m working on how Karl Barth and Dietrich Bonhoeffer read the Sermon on the Mount. Of course, when interpreting the Sermon on the Mount, the best place to start is at the beginning! This means beginning with the Beatitudes in… Continue reading Interpretive Approaches to the Beatitudes

No One Knows what “Positivism of Revelation” Means!

When it comes to the Barth-Bonhoeffer relationship, there is perhaps no greater conundrum than the meaning of what Bonhoeffer called Barth’s “Offenbarungspositivismus” (“positivism of revelation” or “revelatory positivism”) in his Letters and Papers from Prison (DBWE 8). Now, before we proceed, please note that Bonhoeffer meant something very particular by “religion” in his prison letters.… Continue reading No One Knows what “Positivism of Revelation” Means!

I’m quite excited for these Oxford Handbooks!

If you’ve not yet consulted the Oxford Handbook series, you should! The Oxford Handbook of Systematic Theology is especially useful! I’m very excited because the Oxford Handbook of Dietrich Bonhoeffer and the Oxford Handbook of Karl Barth are both about to be released soon! I just wish they weren’t so expensive!