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Dietrich Bonhoeffer: A Journey From Pacifism To Resistance

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This chapter presents a biographic overview of Dietrich Bonhoeffers life, he had quite different phases (theologian, Christian, and as contemporary) in views on these matters. These phases were brought about both by incidents in Bonhoeffers life, but just as much by his openness for fundamentally rethinking issues in the light of the dramatic changes of which he became part. This chapter concentrates on Bonhoeffers theological motives for these views. It first looks at his pacifist standpoint and then, secondly, by turning to his understanding of the rightful violent opposition against the perverted regime. The theology of the cross as the core theological notion in Bonhoeffers theological pacifism also means that his pacifist deliberations were tied up with central theological notions and in that sense derived from some of his most deeply held convictions.

Keywords: Christian pacifism; Dietrich Bonhoeffer; theological pacifism



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