Bonhoeffer

God’s Conspirator in a State of Exception

Authors: Brown, Petra

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  • Investigates the theological and political ideas of Dietrich Bonhoeffer
  • Explores the political implications of Bonhoeffer's popularity with evangelical Americans
  • Critically analyzes Bonhoeffer's writing during and preceding his conspiracy involvement
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Theologian. Conspirator. Martyr. Saint. Dietrich Bonhoeffer was killed in the waning days of World War II, having been implicated in the July 20th assassination attempt on Hitler. Since his death, Bonhoeffer’s life and writings have inspired contradictory responses. He is often seen as a model for Christian pacifist resistance, and more recently for violent direct political action. Bonhoeffer’s name has been invoked by violent anti-abortion protestors as well as political leaders calling for support on a ‘war on terror’ in the aftermath of 9/11. Petra Brown critically analyses Bonhoeffer’s writing preceding and during his conspiracy involvement, particularly his recurring concept of the ‘extraordinary.’ Brown examines this idea in light of ‘the state of exception,’ a concept coined by the one-time Nazi jurist and political theorist, Carl Schmitt. She also draws on the existentialist philosopher Sören Kierkegaard to consider what happens when discipleship is understood as obedience to a divine command. This book aims to complicate an unreflective admiration of Bonhoeffer’s decision for conspiracy, and draws attention to the potentially dangerous implications of his emerging political theology. 


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Petra Brown is a lecturer in philosophy at Deakin University, Australia.

Table of contents (10 chapters)

Table of contents (10 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Bonhoeffer
Book Subtitle
God’s Conspirator in a State of Exception
Authors
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-05698-8
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-05698-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-05697-1
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 206
Number of Illustrations
1 b/w illustrations
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