Retrieving a Theology and Methodology for Community in the Local Church from Dietrich Bonhoeffer's Life Together
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SubjectBonhoeffer, Dietrich,1906-1945. Life together
Bonhoeffer, Dietrich,1906-1945. Gemeinsames Leben
In his book Life Together, Dietrich Bonhoeffer showed that Christian community is created and maintained in Christ through the ordinary means of grace and spiritual disciplines. Chapter 1 surveys the prominent literature on Bonhoeffer and displays the need for applying Life Together to the local church. Chapter 2 explores Bonhoeffer’s life and major theological writings, showing the progression of his major theological emphases. Chapter 3 details the historical context of Life Together looking back from Martin Luther to the time of Bonhoeffer. Chapter 4 is a detailed summary of Life Together, which also explores the various sources and biblical texts Bonhoeffer used. Chapter 5 traces major theological themes in Life Together, from their beginning in Bonhoeffer’s early work to his time in Finkenwalde and weighs the biblical fidelity of Bonhoeffer’s theology of community. Chapter 6 looks at how Life Together can be retrieved and applied in the context of a contemporary local church.