Bonhoeffer's Theology of the Cross 978-3-16-157000-1 - Mohr Siebeck

J.I. de Keijzer

Bonhoeffer's Theology of the Cross

The Influence of Luther in »Act and Being«

[Bonhoeffers Theologie des Kreuzes. Der Einfluss Luthers auf »Akt und Sein".]

2019. XIII, 185 pages.

Dogmatik in der Moderne 26

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Engaging Bonhoeffer's dialogues with Barth and Heidegger in »Act and Being,« J.I. de Keijzer shows how Bonhoeffer both in his critical assessment of Barth's dialectic and his appropriation of Heidegger's ontology articulates a contemporary »theologia crucis« that proves to be deeply influenced by Luther.
Bonhoeffer's academic work is neglected in Bonhoeffer scholarship. In this study, J.I. de Keijzer aims to contribute to a better understanding of Bonhoeffer by examining the intellectual roots of his »Act and Being,« a notoriously inaccessible book, but one crucially important for grasping Bonhoeffer's theology. The author begins with an examination of Bonhoeffer's dialogue with Barth to find out how both theologians interacted with Luther's »theologia crucis.« The conclusion that Bonhoeffer deviates significantly from Barth's theological trajectory leads to another discussion in »Act and Being,« this time with Heidegger. J.I. de Keijzer shows how Bonhoeffer borrows from Heidegger's ontology to articulate an alternative »theologia crucis« that is characterized by a greater fidelity to Luther and a theological method that brings Christology, epistemology, hermeneutics, ecclesiology, and ethics together.

J.I. de Keijzer Born 1965; BA in Biblical Studies at the Evangelische Theologische Faculteit, Heverlee; MA in Christian Thought at Bethel Seminary, St. Paul, USA; PhD from Luther Seminary, St. Paul, USA; currently an independent scholar interested in the intersections of cross theology, radical theology, public theology, and social justice.


The following reviews are known:

In: Zeitschrift für Theologie und Philosophie — 95 (2020), pp. 314–317 (Paul Schroffner)
In: Bonhoeffer Haus — (3/2020) (Koert Verhagen)
In: The Bonhoeffer Podcast — (Corey Tuttle)
In: — (J.W. Wartick)
In: Lutheran Quarterly — 34 (2020), pp. 480–482 (Chester O'Gorman)