Beginning with his early philosophical theology and concluding with his radical prison writings, this unit will explore the dynamic interaction between Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s leading theological ideas and his engagement with the changing religious, social, and political context of Hitler’s Third Reich.

Unit Code: CH9092P

Points: 24.0

Unit Level: Postgraduate Elective

Unit Discipline: Church History

Delivery Mode: Face to Face

Proposing College: Pilgrim Theological College

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Learning Outcomes


Articulate a holistic understanding of Bonhoeffer’s often controversial theology


Outline the major influences upon Bonhoeffer’s theology;


Critique the relationship between Bonhoeffer’s theology and his ecclesial and political engagements;


Analyse the mutual significance of systematic theology and church history in relation to Bonhoeffer’s works as an example of broader applicability


Critique both primary and secondary literature in Bonhoeffer studies in light of contemporary challenges.

Unit sequence

Prerequisites: 30 points in CT, 15 points in CH


Guided reading, specialist input, student discussion, guided and independent research, feedback on written work.


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)
Tutorial Paper

Tutorial Paper – 1000 words

0 25.0
Book Review

Book Review – 1,500 words

0 25.0

Essay – 3,500 words

0 50.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 5 Sep, 2018

Unit Record last updated: 2019-03-28 13:41:04 +1100