DIETRICH BONHOEFFER—AN ETHICS OF GOD'S APOCALYPSE?
Article first published online: 20 SEP 2007
© 2007 The Author. Journal compilation © 2007 Blackwell Publishing Ltd
Volume 23, Issue 4, pages 579–594, October 2007
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ZIEGLER, P. G. (2007), DIETRICH BONHOEFFER—AN ETHICS OF GOD'S APOCALYPSE?. Modern Theology, 23: 579–594. doi: 10.1111/j.1468-0025.2007.00410.x
- Issue published online: 20 SEP 2007
- Article first published online: 20 SEP 2007
Bonhoeffer's theology generally and his Ethics in particular have not commonly been thought to be ‘apocalyptic’. Indeed, many have adjudged him to be “almost immunized” against such eschatology. Yet, a close reading of Bonhoeffer's Ethics shows unmistakable resonances between the themes, tasks and argumentative forms of his theological ethics and the contours of pauline apocalyptic as set forth recently in the work of J. Louis Martyn and others. In this text, Bonhoeffer confronts the question ‘What has paraenesis to do with apocalypsis?’ and experiments with answers which acknowledge that ‘the incursion of a new world’ in Christ ‘renders ancient good uncouth.’ Seeing this illumines several aspects of Bonhoeffer's theological ethics, clarifies the importance of the doctrine of justification therein, and emphasises its dynamic, dialectical and pauline character.