HDS 2895

A Profile in Ministry: Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Dudley Corwin Rose


Dietrich Bonhoeffer was a thickly multilayered thinker and pastor. For example, he was at once from an aristocratic German family and schooling, yet unusually committed, both intellectually and pastorally, to those who suffer. He was entrenched in continental philosophy and theology, yet known for his direct admonitions to discipleship and following the Sermon on the Mount. This course will include a close reading of a wide selection of Bonhoeffer's writings, along with some secondary materials. It will look at the influences on Bonhoeffer as a theologian, pastor and a person of religious faith. One set of questions that will interest us is the complex interrelationships among Bonhoeffer's early philosophical theology; his experiences in America in 1930-31, especially related to white racism, black Christianity and the Harlem Renaissance; and his later theological, pastoral and political work and life back in Germany.

Enrollment Limited: Limited to 15 students. Instructor's permission required.
Open to BTI Students: Yes

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0.50 credits
Spring 2015
Tues 2pm-4pm
Andover Hall Room 118

Relationship to Program Requirements

Program Requirement Area / Category / Art / Designation
MTS Area(s) of Focus
  • History of Christianity
  • Religion, Ethics, and Politics
  • Theology
MDiv Distribution Category/ies
  • Christianity
MDiv Art(s) of Ministry
  • Public Leadership, Community Organizing, and Planning
  • Preaching and Worship
  • Religious Education and Spiritual Development
Language Course Designation(s) None