Two of Bonhoeffer’s Most Convicting Paragraphs

The following is from Bonhoeffer’s Discipleship (usually known as “The Cost of Discipleship” in English, although the original title in German was simply Nachfolge). Bonhoeffer considers how we might respond to Jesus if Jesus were to show up and make the same kinds of concrete commands that he did in the Gospels. NOTE: I’ve taken…… Continue reading Two of Bonhoeffer’s Most Convicting Paragraphs

Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s Sermons and Meditations

SOURCE: Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Indexes and Supplementary Materials, ed. Victoria J. Barnett et al., vol. 17, Dietrich Bonhoeffer Works (Minneapolis, MN: Fortress Press, 2014), 154–158. Sermons and Meditations Address on Jeremiah 27–28—(DBWE vol. )9Address on John 19—9Address on Luke 12:35ff.—9Address on Matthew 21:28–31—9Address on the Decalogue—9Address on the First Commandment—9Baptismal Homily on Joshua 24:15—13Baptism Sermon on…… Continue reading Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s Sermons and Meditations

The Tree of Religion: Karl Barth and Dietrich Bonhoeffer on the Tree of Knowledge in Genesis 2:4–3:24

(Here’s a PDF of this paper: STEELE_The Tree of Religion Barth and Bonhoeffer on the Tree of Knowledge.) Introduction The precise meaning of the “tree of the knowledge of good and evil” (=TK) has long vexed interpreters of Genesis 2:4–3:24.[1] While the “tree of life” (=TL) is mentioned and alluded to throughout the Bible, the TK…… Continue reading The Tree of Religion: Karl Barth and Dietrich Bonhoeffer on the Tree of Knowledge in Genesis 2:4–3:24

Theology is exegesis: John Webster on what we can learn from Barth and Bonhoeffer

John Webster’s essay, “Reading the Bible: The Example of Barth and Bonhoeffer” (pages 87–110 in Word and Church: Essays in Christian Dogmatics [Edinburgh; New York: T&T Clark, 2001]) is, in large part, the inspiration for my doctoral dissertation. I’d like to share the three reflections/lessons Webster draws from the biblical work of Barth and Bonhoeffer.…… Continue reading Theology is exegesis: John Webster on what we can learn from Barth and Bonhoeffer

Spirit, Flesh, Restoration, and Sublimation

There’s an intriguing passage in Bonhoeffer’s Letters and Papers from Prison where he discusses the relationship between “spirit” and “flesh,” in the context of discussing “restoration” and “sublimation,” in the context of discussing lyrics from certain hymns and songs that were meaningful to him in prison. Here it is, from a December 19, 1943 (the…… Continue reading Spirit, Flesh, Restoration, and Sublimation

Barth and Bonhoeffer on Religion’s False God(s)

In The Epistle to the Romans, Barth writes the following concerning the false image of God at the heart of religion: What men on this side resurrection name ‘God’ is most characteristically not God. Their ‘God’ does not redeem his creation, but allows free course to the unrighteousness of men; does not declare himself to…… Continue reading Barth and Bonhoeffer on Religion’s False God(s)

I wish these 2 Barth (and Bonhoeffer) books would come out sooner!

(Note: Read more about my work on Barth, Bonhoeffer, and the Bible here.) I’m really looking forward to reading these two Barth (and Bonhoeffer) books coming out from Baker in 2019: Freedom under the Word: Karl Barth’s Theological Exegesis. Edited by Ben Rhodes and Martin Westerholm. Karl Barth and Dietrich Bonhoeffer: Theologians for a Post-Christian…… Continue reading I wish these 2 Barth (and Bonhoeffer) books would come out sooner!

Bonhoeffer’s “Definition” of “Religion” in Prison: 15 Facets/Aspects

Based upon my own reading of Bonhoeffer’s Letters and Papers from Prison [DBWE 8], here is my attempt at a summary list of the facets/aspects of Bonhoeffer’s view of “religion” in prison. Religion emphasizes inwardness. [DBWE 8:362, 364, 455–57] Religion emphasizes conscience. [DBWE 8:362] Religion is a temporary phenomenon. [DBWE 8:362, 364] Religion is manipulative…… Continue reading Bonhoeffer’s “Definition” of “Religion” in Prison: 15 Facets/Aspects

What’s gone wrong with the Digital Karl Barth Library?

As I slowly make progress on my dissertation (“Scriptural but Not Religious: Karl Barth, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, and a Biblical Critique of Religion”), I’m longing for the day when: Karl Barth’s Gesamtausgabe (Collected Edition) is finished. They are translated into a critical English edition. They are available within the same database/framework as Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s Works in…… Continue reading What’s gone wrong with the Digital Karl Barth Library?