“Christianity is basically amoral:” Dietrich Bonhoeffer in Ethics Today.
Both as a daringly original theologian and as a modern martyr, Dietrich Bonhoeffer continues to challenge and stretch the imagination of the church. Perhaps best remembered for his resistance to Hitler and Nazism – a theme explored last year in an ideaExchange session – Bonhoeffer’s theological legacy includes his creative treatment of Christian ethics. In this podcast, Dr Christopher Holmes considers Bonhoeffer’s view of ethics; a view which challenges many of the assumptions around how we often think of what makes for an ethical life.
It is widely assumed that living ethically involves the living of a principled life. Dietrich Bonhoeffer disagrees. For him “there is no Christian ethic.” By calling men and women’s attention away from principles and to the concrete situation of crisis with which God confronts human beings in the giving of his will, Bonhoeffer presents an arrestingly refreshing concept of ethics. The presentation will follow and discuss Bonhoeffer’s early lecture Basic Questions of a Christian Ethic, which he delivered in Barcelona, Spain in the winter of 1928 at the young age of 25.
Christopher Holmes is Associate Professor of Theology and Ethics at Providence Seminary and an ordained deacon of the Anglican Church of Canada, currently serving a ministry placement at saint benedict’s table.
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