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Bonhoeffer

 

Dietrich Bonhoeffer was one of the most significant Protestant theologians of the twentieth century, a legacy sealed by his imprisonment in a German concentration camp and eventual execution. His resistance against Nazism and pivotal role in the Confessing Church movement have been key points of illumination for many on the nature of Christian political witness and action. Millions have been inspired by his rich reflections on the Christian life, especially his beloved works on discipleship and ethics. As a professor, seminary leader, and ecumenical theologian, Bonhoeffer’s work also profoundly shaped academic theology, especially systematic theology, and the life of the church. At every level, Bonhoeffer’s legacy and contribution focused on the question of who Jesus Christ is and the demand that is placed on us today to witness to Christ in the modern world. As one of the foremost Lutheran theologians of the past century, Fortress Press is proud to be the main provider of Bonhoeffer’s thought in English. The cornerstone in Fortress’ program around Bonhoeffer’s work is the 17-volume set of the complete works of Bonhoeffer translated in English in critical annotated editions.

Anchored by this set, Fortress offers a wide selection of primary and secondary source titles to assist in understanding, interpreting, and receiving Bonhoeffer’s lasting contribution to Christian thought and action: these sources include new collections of sermons (The Collected Sermons of Dietrich Bonhoeffer), a one-volume collection from the DBWE (The Bonhoeffer Reader), and premium monograph studies (Theology of Dietrich BonhoefferInterpreting Bonhoeffer; A Church Undone) and comparative works of history and interpretation (Bonhoeffer and KingShepherds of the Empire). In this, Fortress Press is committed to vanguard curatorship of reading and interpreting the legacy of Bonhoeffer for today’s students and scholars.

 

Dietrich Bonhoeffer Works series

Dietrich Bonhoeffer Works series is the definitive English translation of the German editions of Dietrich Bonhoeffer Werke—a comprehensive and thoroughly annotated sixteen-volume resource for the study of Bonhoeffer in the wider frame of twentieth-century thought and history.

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Section 1

This series is a translation from the German editions of Dietrich Bonhoeffer Werke. All of the volumes are now available in English.

Volume 1 Sanctorum Communio: A Theological Study of the Sociology of the Church, translation of Sanctorum Communio: Eine dogmatische Untersuchung zur Soziologie der Kirche

Volume 2 Act and Being: Transcendental Philosophy and Ontology in Systematic Theology, translation of Akt und Sein: Transzendentalphilosophie und Ontologie in der systematischen Theologie

Volume 3 Creation and Fall, translation of Schöpfung und Fall

Volume 4 Discipleship, translation of Nachfolge

Volume 5 Life Together, translation of Gemeinsames Leben
and The Prayerbook of the Bible: An Introduction to the Psalms, translation of Das Gebetbuch der Bibel

Volume 6 Ethics, translation of Ethik

Volume 7 Fiction from Tegel Prison, translation of Fragmente aus Tegel

Volume 8 Letters and Papers from Prison, translation of Widerstand und Ergebung

Volume 9 The Young Bonhoeffer: 1918-1927, translation of Jugend und Studium: 1918-1927

Volume 10 Barcelona, Berlin, New York: 1928-1931, translation of Barcelona, Berlin, Amerika: 1928-1931

Volume 11 Ecumenical, Academic, and Pastoral Work: 1931-1932, translation of Ökumene, Universität, Pfarramt: 1931-1932

Volume 12 Berlin: 1932-1933, translation of Berlin: 1932-1933

Volume 13 London: 1933-1935, translation of London: 1933-1935

Volume 14 Theological Education at Finkenwalde: 1935-1937, translation of Illegale Theologenausbildung: 1935-1937

Volume 15 Theological Education Underground: 1937-1940, translation of Illegale Theologenausbildung: 1937-1940

Volume 16 Conspiracy and Imprisonment: 1940-1945, translation of Konspiration und Haft: 1940-1945

Volume 17 Indexes and Supplementary Materials, essential companion volume

Endorsements

The definitive point of reference from here forward . . .

"Without doubt, Dietrich Bonhoeffer Works will be the definitive point of reference from here forward. It supersedes all previously published Bonhoeffer documents and adds new ones as well."

Larry | Rasmussen
Martin Marty | University of Chicago

Books

Release date: October 15, 2017

In his preaching, Dietrich Bonhoeffer's strong, personal faith—the foundation for everything he did—shines in the darkness of Hitler's Third Reich and in the church struggle against it. Though not overtly political, Bonhoeffer's deep concern for the developments in his world is revealed in his sermons as he seeks to draw the listener into conversation with the promises and claims of the gospel—a conversation readers today are invited to join.

"After Ten Years"
Release date: October 15, 2017

How does one read the signs of the times? What does it mean to resist? How do we engage faithfully in struggle? Dietrich Bonhoeffer has achieved iconic status as one who epitomizes what it means to struggle and resist tyranny and fascism and how one acts in faithful witness as a religious and political commitment. Bonhoeffer’s witness and example is more relevant than ever. A testimony to that is a crucial essay penned by Bonhoeffer in 1942; “After Ten Years” is a succinct and sober reflection, and remains one of the best descriptions ever written about what happened to the German people under National Socialism. This volume presents this timely and unique essay in a fresh translation and a penetrating introduction and analysis of the importance of this essay—in Bonhoeffer’s time and now in our own.

Mary M. Solberg (Editor & Translator)
Release date: April 1, 2015

The Deutsche Christen, or "German Christians,' a movement within German Protestantism, integrated Nazi ideology, nationalism, and Christian faith. For the first time in English, Mary M. Solberg presents a selection of 'German Christian' documents.

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Release date: October 1, 2014
The completion of the Dietrich Bonhoeffer Works, the definitive English translation of the Critical Edition, represents a milestone in theological scholarship. Now, the editorial team has offered an essential companion to the entire series in the form of an index volume.
Mark R. Correll (Author)
Release date: March 1, 2014

This book engages timeless questions of identity and faith through the time-bound work of four key thinkers who attempted, and ultimately failed, to carve a middle way for the German parish clergy in the nineteenth century.

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