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SYST7102 Theology of Bonhoeffer

2020 Summer / Theology Professor Randall D. Engle Adjunct Professor Dietrich Bonhoeffer, author, political critic and Lutheran minister, stands as one of the great theologians and ethicists of the twentieth century. With courage even to the point of death, he acted with conviction to counter the rise and power of Nazi Germany. Indeed, he is aptly called the "prophet of the holocaust." He devoted his life to the cause of justice and peace and ultimately risked his life in an assassination plot against Adolph Hitler, an action for which he was apprehended and executed. This intensive traces his life, times, ethical vision and moral lessons. As we explore central themes of his life experience, theology and ethics such as 'religionless Christianity' and 'costly grace' through lecture, documentary, and discussion we will aply these lessons to our current world situation and the demands of ministry. The course focuses on Bonhoeffer's own words and writing including The Cost of Discipleship and selections from his Letters from Prison. Christiane Tietz's Theologian of Resistance: The Life and Thought of Dietrich Bonhoeffer provides biographical context. Master of Arts (Academic), Master of Arts in Pastoral Ministry, Master of Divinity, Certificate in Theological Studies REGISTER

Randall D. Engle

Adjunct Professor