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- Bonhoeffer the Student
- Bonhoeffer in North America
- Bonhoeffer the Academic Theologian
- Bonhoeffer and the Church Struggle
- Bonhoeffer and the Conspiracy
- Bonhoeffer and Ecumenism
- Bonhoeffer and the Jews
- Bonhoeffer the Preacher
- The Holy Spirit
- Sin and Salvation
- The Christian Life
- The Reality of Christian Ethics
- The Form of Ethical Life
- Freedom, Responsibility, and Moral Agency
- Religion and Secularity
- Bonhoeffer and Political Life
- Bonhoeffer’s Christian Peace Ethic, Conditional Pacifism, and Resistance
- Bonhoeffer and Feminist Theologies
- Bonhoeffer and Race
- Bonhoeffer, Community, and Witness
- Bonhoeffer, South Africa, and Global Contexts
- Bonhoeffer and Contemporary Philosophy
- Sources and Texts
- Biographies and Portraits
- Readings and Receptions
Abstract and Keywords
Bonhoeffer’s ecumenism was central and decisive to both his theology and activity from his later student days to his imprisonment. It was founded upon his ecclesiology as basically set out in Sanctorum Communio. The church being ‘Christ existing as community’ was applied by him to the fellowship of Christians across national and confessional boundaries and especially in its calling to embody and proclaim peace in the wold. In the Church Struggle he vigorously promoted the claim of the Confessing Church as the authentic Evangelical Church of Germany and argued for the ecumenical movement, for the sake of its own integrity and renewal, to accept that claim. His recruitment into the German resistance owed much to his having so many ecumenical contacts in the allied and neutral countries, but it also enabled him to pursue still more deeply his ecumenical interests, including relations with the Roman Catholic Church.
Keith Clements taught at Bristol Baptist College and in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies, Bristol University, Bristol, UK. He is a former general secretary of the Conference of European Churches, Geneva, Switzerland.
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