Everyone Who Acts Responsibly Becomes Guilty: Bonhoeffer's Concept of Accepting Guilt  -     By: Christine Schliesser
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Everyone Who Acts Responsibly Becomes Guilty: Bonhoeffer's Concept of Accepting Guilt

Westminster John Knox Press / 2008 / Paperback

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"Everyone who acts responsibly becomes guilty" was a basic premise that Dietrich Bonhoeffer expressed in various ways in his theology and ethics. Even Bonhoeffer's own actions---in praying for the defeat of his country in World War II and in participating in a plot to assassinate Hitler---demonstrate the tension between the reality of guilt and Bonhoeffer's ethical decisions.

In this study, Christine Schliesser examines the problem of guilt in Bonhoeffer's writings, arguing that the concept of accepting guilt emerges from Bonhoeffer's understanding of Christology. Since Jesus Christ has accepted the guilt of humankind, so the disciple must also be willing to accept guilt for the sake of the other. In addition, Schliesser reveals the unresolved tensions that emerge in the concept of accepting guilt and discusses the extent to which Bonhoeffer's concept is still relevant to Christian ethics today.

Foreward by Jurgen Moltmann.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 224
Vendor: Westminster John Knox Press
Publication Date: 2008
Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 (inches)
ISBN: 0664232167
ISBN-13: 9780664232160
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"Everyone who acts responsibly becomes guilty" was a basic premise that Dietrich Bonhoeffer expressed in various ways in his theology and ethics. Even Bonhoeffer's own actions--in praying for the defeat of his country in World War II and in participating in a plot to assassinate Hitler--demonstrate the tension between the reality of guilt and Bonhoeffer's ethical decisions.

In this study, Christine Schliesser examines the problem of guilt in Bonhoeffer's writings, arguing that the concept of accepting guilt emerges from Bonhoeffer's understanding of Christology. Since Jesus Christ has accepted the guilt of humankind, so the disciple must also be willing to accept guilt for the sake of the other. In addition, Schliesser reveals the unresolved tensions that emerge in the concept of accepting guilt and discusses the extent to which Bonhoeffer's concept is still relevant to Christian ethics today.

Author Bio

Christine Schliesser received her Ph.D. from Fuller Theological Seminary. She is the author of Schuld durch rechtes Tun? Verantwortliches Handeln nach Dietrich Bonhoeffer.

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