In this unit students will engage with Dietrich Bonhoeffer, described as ‘the one German theologian who will lead us into the third millennium’ through a structured, facilitated reading as a group through one of his last major publications. Students will locate Bonhoeffer in his historical, theological and political context, providing the necessary background for understanding his thought. Students will also encounter key themes and terms that emerge in Ethics, through which Bonhoeffer’s fragmentary prison writings can be better appreciated.
Unit Code: CT3810T
Unit Level: Undergraduate Level 3
Unit Discipline: Systematic Theology
Delivery Mode: Face to Face
Proposing College: Trinity College Theological SchoolShow when this Unit is running
Situate Dietrich Bonhoeffer in his historical, theological and political context
Articulate the influence of early twentieth century German Protestantism – especially Karl Barth’s theology – on Bonhoeffer’s own theological development
Critically evaluate scholarly responses to his Ethics
Identify key motifs for interpreting Bonhoeffer’s prison writings
Assess the internal consistency of Bonhoeffer’s Ethics when measured against his own ethical decisions.
At least one unit of CT or, at least one unit of DT
Participation in this unit assumes some knowledge of basic theological concepts as well as some understanding of the various ways theology and ethics intersect. Students will build on this foundational knowledge through exposure to a ground-breaking primary text in theological history and by the opportunity to explore the innovations and challenges that emerged from the text in the context of a facilitated close reading.
Seminar paper on 1 of the 7 aspects of ‘natural life’ 1,000 words
Documentary analysis of a selected chapter 1,000 words
Research essay 3,000 words
Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 27 Sep, 2019
Unit Record last updated: 2019-10-14 15:33:40 +1100