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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.
 

Dietrich Bonhoeffer Reader's Edition is now available!

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Discover Bonhoeffer's most influential writings for all readers!


Featuring the acclaimed DBWE translation and adapted for a more accessible format, the new Reader's Edition volumes include supplemental material from DBWE general editor, Victoria J. Barnett, as well as insightful introductions by Bonhoeffer scholars which clarify the theological meaning and importance of his work. 

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Discipleship

Discipleship: Reader's Edition series
By Dietrich Bonhoeffer 
Paperback
260pp
ISBN: 9781506402703
$16.99
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First published in 1937, Discipleship soon became a classic exposition of what it means to follow Christ in a modern world beset by a dangerous and criminal government. At its center stands Bonhoeffer’s interpretation of the Sermon on the Mount: what Jesus demanded of his followers—and how the life of discipleship is to be continued in all ages of the post-resurrection church.

Life Together

Life Together: Reader's Edition series
By Dietrich Bonhoeffer 
Paperback
120pp
ISBN: 9781506402765
$14.99
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Life Together gathers Bonhoeffer’s 1938 reflections on the character of Christian community, based on the common life that he and his seminarians experienced at the Finkenwalde Seminary. While Bonhoeffer wrote with his own seminary community in mind, he intended Life Together to have a more universal impact, and spoke of a mission and responsibility of the church as a whole.  

Ethics

Ethics: Reader's Edition series
By Dietrich Bonhoeffer 
Paperback
380pp
ISBN: 9781506402727
$16.99
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Ethics is the culmination of Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s theological and personal odyssey and one of the most important works of Christian ethics of the last century. Bonhoeffer calls the church to be a transforming community in the world with a new responsibility to public life. This edition allows all readers to appreciate the cogency and relevance of Bonhoeffer’s vision.

Letters and Papers from Prison

Letters and Papers from Prison: Reader's Edition series
By Dietrich Bonhoeffer 
Paperback
540pp
ISBN: 9781506402741
$16.99
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This splendid volume, in some ways the capstone of the Dietrich Bonhoeffer Works, presents the full array of Bonhoeffer’s 1943–1945 prison letters and theological writings. Despite Bonhoeffer’s earlier theological achievements and writings, it was his correspondence and notes from prison that electrified the postwar world six years after his death in 1945.

Reader's Edition set

Dietrich Bonhoeffer Works—Reader's Edition Set
By Dietrich Bonhoeffer 
Paperback
380pp
ISBN: 9781506406503
$43.00
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Using the acclaimed Dietrich Bonhoeffer Works English translation and adapted to a more accessible format, these new editions of DiscipleshipEthicsLetters and Papers from Prison, and Life Together feature the latest translations of Bonhoeffer’s works, supplemental material from Victoria J. Barnett, and insightful introductions by Geffrey B. Kelly, Clifford J. Green, and John W. de Gruchy.

This four-volume set of Bonhoeffer’s classic works allows all readers to appreciate the cogency and relevance of his vision.

Quotes from Bonhoeffer

Cheap grace is preaching forgiveness without repentance

“Cheap grace is preaching forgiveness without repentance; it is baptism without the discipline of community; it is the Lord’s Supper without confession of sin; it is absolution without personal confession. Cheap grace is grace without discipleship, grace without the cross, grace without the living, incarnate Jesus Christ.”

Discipleship | pg 11

We must learn to regard human beings less in terms of what they do and neglect to do and more in terms of what they suffer.

Letters and Papers from Prison | pg 11

When I judge, I am blind to my own evil

"Judging others makes us blind, but love gives us sight. When I judge, I am blind to my own evil and to the grace granted the other person. But in the love of Christ, disciples know about every imaginable kind of guilt and sin, because they know of the suffering of Jesus Christ."

Discipleship | pg 150

All judging presupposes the most dangerous self-deception

"All judging presupposes the most dangerous self-deception, namely, that the word of God applies differently to me than it does to my neighbor. I claim an exceptional right in that I say: forgiveness applies to me, but condemnation applies to the other person. Judgment as arrogation of false justice about one’s neighbor is totally forbidden to the disciples. They did not receive special rights for themselves from Jesus, which they ought to claim before others. All they receive is communion with him."

Discipleship | pg 151

Jesus on the cross didn't try to talk the two thieves into anything—it was one of them who turned to him.

Letters and Papers from Prison | pg 261

We always receive infinitely more than we give

“In normal life one is often not at all aware that we always receive infinitely more than we give, and that gratitude is what enriches life. One easily overestimates the importance of one’s own acts and deeds, compared with what we become only through other people.” 

Letters and Papers from Prison | pg 129

One must not find fault with people in their worldliness but rather confront them with God where they are strongest.

"What I am driving at is that God should not be smuggled in somewhere, in the very last, secret place that is left. Instead, one must simply recognize that the world and humankind have come of age. One must not find fault with people in their worldliness but rather confront them with God where they are strongest. One must give up the “holier-than-thou” ploys and not regard psychotherapy or existential philosophy as scouts preparing the way for God. The intrusive manner of all these methods is far too unaristocratic for the Word of God to be allied with them. The Word of God does not ally itself with this rebellion of mistrust, this rebellion from below. Instead, it reigns."

Letters and Papers from Prison | pg 448

The Christian, too, belongs not in the seclusion of a cloistered life but in the thick of foes.

"Jesus Christ lived in the midst of his enemies. At the end all his disciples deserted him. On the Cross he was utterly alone, surrounded by evildoers and mockers. For this cause he had come, to bring peace to the enemies of God. So the Christian, too, belongs not in the seclusion of a cloistered life but in the thick of foes. There is his commission, his work.”

Life Together

God in no way fills emptiness but much more leaves it precisely unfilled and thus helps us preserve—even in pain—the authentic relationship.

“There is nothing that can replace the absence of someone dear to us, and one should not even attempt to do so. One must simply hold out and endure it. At first that sounds very hard, but at the same time it is also a great comfort. For to the extent the emptiness truly remains unfilled one remains connected to the other person through it. It is wrong to say that God fills the emptiness. God in no way fills it but much more leaves it precisely unfilled and thus helps us preserve—even in pain—the authentic relationship. Further more, the more beautiful and full the remembrances, the more difficult the separation. But gratitude transforms the torment of memory into silent joy. One bears what was lovely in the past not as a thorn but as a precious gift deep within, a hidden treasure of which one can always be certain.”

Letters and Papers from Prison

Resources for further study

Documentaries and Videos about Bonhoeffer

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Books

Dietrich Bonhoeffer (Author), Reinhard Krauss (Translator), John D. Godsey (Editor), Geffrey B. Kelly (Editor), Barbara Green (Translator), Dietrich Bonhoeffer (Author), Reinhard Krauss (Translator), John D. Godsey (Editor), Geffrey B. Kelly (Editor), Barbara Green (Translator)
Release date: May 28, 2003

"Cheap grace is the mortal enemy of our church. Our struggle today is for costly grace." And with that sharp warning to his own church, which was engaged in...

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Dietrich Bonhoeffer (Author), Clifford J. Green (Editor), Marshall D. Johnson (Editor), Douglas W. Stott (Translator), Mary C. Nebelsick (Translator), Paul Duane Matheny (Editor)
Release date: November 25, 2002
The first of the chronological volumes in this acclaimed critical edition of Bonhoeffer's work gathers his one hundred earliest letters and journals from...
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Dietrich Bonhoeffer (Author), Reinhard Krauss (Translator), Nancy Lukens (Translator), Clifford J. Green (Editor)
Release date: November 19, 1998
Sanctorum Communio was Bonhoeffer's dissertation, completed in 1927 and first published in 1930. In it he attempts to work out a theology of the person in...
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Release date: November 20, 1997
Creation and Fall originated in lectures given by Dietrich Bonhoeffer at the University of Berlin in the winter semester of 1932--33 during the demise of the...
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Release date: June 12, 1996
Act and Being, written in 1929--1930 as Bonhoeffer's second dissertation, deals with the questions of consciousness and conscience in theology from the...

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Updates

New Reader's Edition volumes coming in November!
August 13, 2015