When Dietrich Bonhoeffer wrote of “costly grace”, he knew that his convictions could cost him his life. Executed by the Nazis just weeks before the end of World War II, his theology engages with a world in crisis – and it does this in profound and controversial ways that continue to challenge. In this unit, you will engage with Bonhoeffer’s world through his writings from early philosophical theology to radical letters and papers from prison. You will explore the dynamic interaction between theological ideas and the changing religious, social and political context of Hitler’s Third Reich. Finally, you will consider the enduring issues raised by Bonhoeffer’s life and work: especially, individual Christians and the embodiment of community and reconciliation, and the relationship between worldly faith and a transcendent God.
Rev. Dr Keith Clements is an internationally renowned interpreter of Bonhoeffer, former General Secretary of the Conference of European Churches, Switzerland, and Baptist minister and lecturer, UK. His latest book is Appointments with Bonhoeffer: Personal Faith and Public Responsibility in a Fragmenting World (2022).
|Pilgrim Theological College
|Rev. Dr Keith Clements
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|CH3092P – Face to face
|Summer Intensive: 29 Jan – 2 Feb 2024
Pilgrim Theological College brings faith and scholarship into conversation in order to equip and form disciples and leaders for the church and world. It is the official training college for the Uniting Church in Victoria and Tasmania and offers courses from undergraduate to master to PhD level. Pilgrim’s world-class faculty come from a diverse range of Christian traditions, ethnicities, and disciplines, to offer a rich learning environment.