Dietrich Bonhoeffer lived most of his adult life in Hitler’s Germany, under one of the last century’s most restrictive regimes. He spent his final years in a Nazi prison, deprived of the basic freedoms which most of us take for granted. Against this backdrop, his theological reflections on the true nature of freedom make compelling reading. This new study takes the theme of freedom as a lens through which to offer a fresh and insightful reappraisal of this major theologian in the light of the new critical edition of his writings.
'… an illuminating study of how Bonhoeffer understood and defended 'freedom' on the many fronts of its epistemological foundations, theological connection with the divine freedom, its implications for community formation, ethical responsibility, and Christian secularity… a valuable addition to contemporary studies of Bonhoeffer… Her writing on this complicated subject is uncommonly clear, penetrating, and convincing.' Newsletter of the International Bonhoeffer Society 'Ann Nickson's fresh and stimulating presentation… Here she examines Bonhoeffer's Act and Being more thoroughly than I think it has ever been examined before.' The Tablet 'Ann Nickson has a very readable style and is a very careful scholar. She sets out to approach Bonhoeffer's thoughts by using one of his key concepts - 'Freedom'… Nickson's book is the most important work on Bonhoeffer that we have had in Britain for many a year. And it is readable.' Theology 'Bonhoeffer on Freedom is a very challenging work… This is an important book…' Catholic Library World 'The Ashgate publishing company are to be congratulated for making books like this available.' Anvil
Contents: Setting the scene; Freedom and knowledge; Freedom in the image of God; Freedom in community; Freedom and responsibility; Freedom in a world come of age; Bibliography; Index.
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