"Who am I?" (1944) Bonhoeffer & Franz Hildebrandt. “Only Believe – And You’re There. An Attempt at a Lutheran Catechism.” Reflections on the Bible: Human Word and Word of God. GESAMMELTE SCHRIFTEN, 4 vols.

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The Young Bonhoeffer 1918–1927. DWE This first volume in the Fortress Press critical edition of Bonhoeffer's work gathers his earliest letters and journals through his graduation from Berlin University. It also contains his early theological writings up to his dissertation. The seventeen essays include works on the patristic period for Adolf von Harnack, on Luther's moods for Karl Holl, on biblical interpretation for Professor Reinhold Seeberg, as well as essays on the church and eschatology, reason and revelation, Job, John, and even joy. Rounding out this picture of Bonhoeffer's nascent theology are his sermons from the period, along with his lectures on homiletics, catechesis, and practical theology.

Barcelona, Berlin, New York: 1928–1931, DWE a translation of Barcelona, Berlin, Amerika: 1928–1931. Fortress Press: not yet released.

SC (in German) Sanctorum Communio: A Theological Study of the Sociology of the Church: (1927). DWE Bonhoeffer's dissertation, completed in 1927 and first published in 1930 as Sanctorum Communio: eine Dogmatische Untersuchung zur Soziologie der Kirche. In it he attempts to work out a theology of the person in society, and particularly in the church.

Address on the theme of "War" (1930). DBW

Greeting to Students (1930). DBW


Sermon on 1 John 4:16, New York, Armistice Day, 9 November, 1930: DBW 10:576-81.
Akt Und Sein Act and Being: (1931). DWE Clifford Green (editor); Reinhard Krauss (translator); Nancy Lukens (translator). Fortress Press, 1996. ISBN 0-8006-8302-1 Bonhoeffer’s second dissertation, written in 1929–30 and published in 1931 as Akt und Sein, deals with the consciousness and conscience in theology from the perspective of the Reformation's insight into the origin sinfulness in the “heart turned in upon itself and thus open neither to the revelation of God nor to the encounter with the neighbor.” Bonhoeffer’s thoughts about power, revelation, Otherness, theological method, and theological anthropology are explained.

Ecumenical, Academic and Pastoral Work: 1931–1932, DWE translation of Ökumene, Universität, Pfarramt: 1931–1932. Fortress Press: not yet released.

Berlin (1931-1933) DWE

The Füherer Principle

Creation and Fall: A Theological Exposition of Genesis 1–3: (1933). DWE Creation and Fall, lectures given at the University of Berlin in 1932–33 during the demise of the Weimar Republic and the birth of the Third Reich. In a book published in 1933 as Schöpfung und Fall, Bonhoeffer called his students to focus their attention on the word of God the word of truth in a time of turmoil.

The Jewish Question as Status Confessionis. (1933). DBW

Christologie (Lese-Zeichen) Christology GS Lectures given in Berlin in 1933. Retitled as Christ the Center,.

London: 1933–1935, DWE translation of London: 1933–1935.

Wedding sermon on Ruth 1:16f, May 3, 1934, St. Paul’s Church, London: DBW 13:357-59.

Baptismal sermon on Joshua 24:15, 1934, London: DBW 13:364-65.

Sermon on Proverbs 16:9, 1934, St. Paul's Church, London: DBW 13:404-08; GS 4:174-79

Sermon on 2 Corinthians 12:9, 1934, St. Paul's Church, London: DBW 13:409-12; GS 4:179- 82.

Funeral sermon on Luke 2:29-39, 1934, London: DBW 13:418-19.

"The Church and the World of Nations. The Fundamental Principles of the World Alliance" (1934). DBW

"The Church and the Peoples of the World" (1934). DBW

Memorandum to the Ecumencial Youth Commission (1935) DBW


Worldly Preaching: Lectures on Homiletics

Bonhoeffer's Lectures on Preaching (1935-1939)


Spiritual Care (1935-1939)

Nachfolge. ( Werke, 4). The Cost of Discipleship: (1937) DWE(1948 in English). Bonhoeffer's most widely read book begins, "Cheap grace is the mortal enemy of our church. Our struggle today is for costly grace." The book was first published in 1937 as Nachfolge (Discipleship). It soon became a classic exposition of what it means to follow Christ in a modern world beset by a dangerous and criminal government. At its center stands an interpretation of the Sermon on the Mount: what Jesus demanded of his followers—and how the life of discipleship is to be continued in all ages of the post- resurrection church.

Theological Education at Finkenwalde: 1935–1937, DWE translation of Illegale Theologenausbildung: 1935–1937.

Theological Education Underground: 1937–1940, translation of Illegale Theologenausbildung: 1937–1940.

TEMPTATION Temptation (1938).

Life Together DWE and Prayerbook of the Bible (1938) James H. Burtness (coauthor); Geffrey B. Kelly (editor); Daniel W. Bloesch (translator). Fortress Press: 1995. ISBN 0-8006-8305-6.
Life Together (1938) was the closing of the preacher’s seminary at Finkenwalde. The treatise contains Bonhoeffer’s thoughts about the nature of Christian community based on the common life that he and his seminarians experienced at the seminary and in the “Brother’s House” there. Life Together was completed in 1938, published in 1939 as Gemeinsames Leben, and first translated into English in 1954.
Psalms: Prayerbook of the Bible (1940)is a classic of Christian spirituality. In this theological interpretation of the Psalms, Bonhoeffer describes the moods of an individual’s relationship with God and also the turns of love and heartbreak, of joy and sorrow, that are themselves the Christian community’s path to God.

Ethik Ethics: (1941). DWE Written in prison and published in 1943 as Ethik, this is the culmination of Bonhoeffer's theological and personal odyssey. Though caught up in the vortex of momentous forces in the Nazi period, Bonhoeffer systematically envisioned a radically Christocentric, incarnational ethic for a post-war world, purposefully recasting Christians' relation to history, politics, and public life.

Fragmente aus Tegel Fiction from Tegel Prison (1943-1945). DWE Clifford Green (editor); Nancy Lukens (translator). Fortress Press: 1999. ISBN 0-8006-8307-2. Writing fiction—an incomplete drama, a novel fragment, and a short story—occupied much of Bonhoeffer’s first year in Tegel prison, as well as writing to his family and his fiancée and dealing with his interrogation. The writings in this book disclose a great deal of Bonhoeffer’s family context, social world, and cultural milieu. Events from his life are recounted in a way that illuminates his theology. Characters and situations that represent Nazi types and attitudes became a form of social criticism and help to explain Bonhoeffer’s participation in the resistance movement and the plot to kill Hitler.

Conspiracy and imprisonment (1940-1945). DWE

WIDERSTAND UND ERGEBUNG Widerstand and Ergebung (1951). DWE

Register and Erganzungan

Letters and Papers from Prison: (1953) DWE (first English translation 1953 by SCM Press). This edition translated by Reginald H. Fuller and Frank Clark from Widerstand und Ergebung: Briefe und Aufzeichnungen aus der Haft. Munich: Christian Kaiser Verlag (1970). Touchstone 1997 paperback: ISBN 0-684-83827-3

Conspiracy and Imprisonment 1940–1945 Mark Brocker (editor). In hundreds of letters, including letters written to his fiancée, Maria von Wedemeyer (selected from the complete correspondence, previously published as "Love Letters from Cell 92" Ruth-Alice von Bismarck and Ulrich Kabitz (editors), Abingdon Press (April 1995) ISBN 0-687-01098-5), as well as official documents, short original pieces, and a few final sermons, the volume sheds light on Bonhoeffer's active resistance to and increasing involvement in the conspiracy against the Hitler regime, his arrest, and his long imprisonment. Finally, Bonhoeffer's many exchanges with his family, fiancée, and closest friends, demonstrate the affection and solidarity that accompanied Bonhoeffer to his prison cell, concentration camp, and eventual death. Wikiquote has a collection of quotations related to: Dietrich Bonhoeffer

A Testament to Freedom: The Essential Writings of Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1990). Geoffrey B. Kelly and F. Burton Nelson, editors. Harper SanFrancisco 1995 2nd edition, paperback: ISBN 0-06-064214-9

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Books Eberhard Bethge, Dietrich Bonhoeffer: Theologian, Christian, Man for His Times: A Biography Rev. ed. (Minneapolis, Fortress Press, 2000). Denise Giardina, Saints and Villains (Ballantine Books, 1999). A Fictional Account of Bonhoeffer's life. edit] Films Bonhoeffer Martin Doblmeier, 2005 Bonhoeffer - Agent of Grace Eric Till, PBS, 2000 Hanged on a Twisted Cross: The Life, Convictions and Martyrdom of Dietrich Bonhoeffer. T.N. Mohan, 1996 Bonhoeffer: The Cost of Freedom Focus on the Family Radio Theatre, 2005 A View From The Underside - The Legacy of Dietrich Bonhoeffer Al Staggs edit

External links International Bonhoeffer Society Article by Douglas Huff in The Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy BBC News article Bonhoeffer's memory honored by the Church Relations department of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum English translations of Bonhoeffer's works, which were all originally written in German: The Young Bonhoeffer 1918–1927. Fortress Press, 2002. ISBN 0-8006-8309-9. The first volume in the Fortress Press critical edition of Bonhoeffer's work gathers his one hundred earliest letters and journals from after the First World War through his graduation from Berlin University. It also contains his early theological writings up to his dissertation. The seventeen essays include works on the patristic period for Adolf von Harnack, on Luther's moods for Karl Holl, on biblical interpretation for Professor Reinhold Seeberg, as well as essays on the church and eschatology, reason and revelation, Job, John, and even joy. Rounding out this picture of Bonhoeffer's nascent theology are his sermons from the period, along with his lectures on homiletics, catechesis, and practical theology. Barcelona, Berlin, New York: 1928–1931, translation of Barcelona, Berlin, Amerika: 1928–1931. Fortress Press: not yet released. Sanctorum Communio: A Theological Study of the Sociology of the Church Clifford Green (editor); Reinhard Krauss (translator); Nancy Lukens (translator). Fortress Press, 1998. ISBN 0-8006-8301-3. Bonhoeffer's dissertation, completed in 1927 and first published in 1930 as Sanctorum Communio: eine Dogmatische Untersuchung zur Soziologie der Kirche. In it he attempts to work out a theology of the person in society, and then, particularly, in the church. Along with enlightening us about his early positions on sin, evil, solidarity, collective spirit, and collective guilt, the volume unfolds a systematic theology of the Spirit at work in the church and what this implies for questions of authority, freedom, ritual, and eschatology. Act and Being Clifford Green (editor); Reinhard Krauss (translator); Nancy Lukens (translator). Fortress Press, 1996. ISBN 0-8006-8302-1 Bonhoeffer’s second dissertation, written in 1929–30 and published in 1931 as Akt und Sein, deals with the questions of consciousness and conscience in theology from the perspective of the Reformation insight about the origin of human sinfulness in the “heart turned in upon itself and thus open neither to the revelation of God nor to the encounter with the neighbor.” Here are Bonhoeffer’s thoughts about power, revelation, Otherness, theological method, and theological anthropology. Ecumenical, Academic and Pastoral Work: 1931–1932, translation of Ökumene, Universität, Pfarramt: 1931–1932. Fortress Press: not yet released. Creation and Fall: A Theological Exposition of Genesis 1–3 John W. de Gruchy (Editor); Douglas Stephen Bax (Translator). Fortress Press, November 20, 1997. ISBN 0-8006-8303-X. Creation and Fall originated in lectures given by Bonhoeffer at the University of Berlin in the winter semester of 1932–33 during the demise of the Weimar Republic and the birth of the Third Reich. In the book published in 1933 as Schöpfung und Fall, Bonhoeffer called his students to focus their attention on the word of God the word of truth in a time of turmoil. Christology (1966) London: William Collins and New York: Harper and Row. translation of lectures given in Berlin in 1933, from vol. 3 of Gesammelte Schriften, Christian Kaiser Verlag, 1960. retitled as Christ the Center, Harper SanFrancisco 1978 paperback: ISBN 0-06-060811-0 London: 1933–1935, translation of London: 1933–1935. Fortress Press: not yet released. The Cost of Discipleship (1948 in English). Touchstone edition with introduction by Bishop George Bell and memoir by G. Leibholz, 1995 paperback: ISBN 0-684-81500-1. Critical edition published under its original title Discipleship: John D. Godsey (editor); Geffrey B. Kelly (editor). Fortress Press, 2000. ISBN 0-8006-8324-2 Bonhoeffer's most widely read book begins, "Cheap grace is the mortal enemy of our church. Our struggle today is for costly grace." That was a sharp warning to his own church, which was engaged in bitter conflict with the official nazified state church, The book was first published in 1937 as Nachfolge (Discipleship). It soon became a classic exposition of what it means to follow Christ in a modern world beset by a dangerous and criminal government. At its center stands an interpretation of the Sermon on the Mount: what Jesus demanded of his followers—and how the life of discipleship is to be continued in all ages of the post- resurrection church. Theological Education at Finkenwalde: 1935–1937, translation of Illegale Theologenausbildung: 1935–1937. Fortress Press: not yet released. Theological Education Underground: 1937–1940, translation of Illegale Theologenausbildung: 1937–1940. Fortress Press: not yet released. Life Together and Prayerbook of the Bible James H. Burtness (coauthor); Geffrey B. Kelly (editor); Daniel W. Bloesch (translator). Fortress Press: 1995. ISBN 0-8006-8305-6. The stimulus for the writing of Life Together was the closing of the preacher’s seminary at Finkenwalde. The treatise contains Bonhoeffer’s thoughts about the nature of Christian community based on the common life that he and his seminarians experienced at the seminary and in the “Brother’s House” there. Life Together was completed in 1938, published in 1939 as Gemeinsames Leben, and first translated into English in 1954. Harper SanFrancisco 1978 paperback: ISBN 0-06-060852-8 Prayerbook of the Bible is a classic of Christian spirituality. In this theological interpretation of the Psalms, Bonhoeffer describes the moods of an individual’s relationship with God and also the turns of love and heartbreak, of joy and sorrow, that are themselves the Christian community’s path to God. Ethics (1955 in English by SCM Press). Touchstone edition, 1995 paperback: ISBN 0-684-81501-X. Fortress Press 2004 critical edition: Clifford Green (editor); Reinhard Krauss (translator); Douglas W. Stott (translator); Charles C. West (translator). ISBN 0-8006-8306-4. Written in prison and published in 1943 as Ethik, this is the culmination of Bonhoeffer's theological and personal odyssey. Based on careful reconstruction of the manuscripts, freshly and expertly translated and annotated, the critical edition features an insightful introduction by Clifford Green and an afterword from the German edition's editors. Though caught up in the vortex of momentous forces in the Nazi period, Bonhoeffer systematically envisioned a radically Christocentric, incarnational ethic for a post-war world, purposefully recasting Christians' relation to history, politics, and public life. Fiction from Tegel Prison Clifford Green (editor); Nancy Lukens (translator). Fortress Press: 1999. ISBN 0-8006-8307-2. Writing fiction—an incomplete drama, a novel fragment, and a short story—occupied much of Bonhoeffer’s first year in Tegel prison, as well as writing to his family and his fiancée and dealing with his interrogation. “There is a good deal of autobiography mixed in with it,” he explained to his friend and biographer Eberhard Bethge. Richly annotated by German editors Renate Bethge and Ilse Todt and by Clifford Green, the writings in this book disclose a great deal of Bonhoeffer’s family context, social world, and cultural milieu. Events from his life are recounted in a way that illuminates his theology. Characters and situations that represent Nazi types and attitudes became a form of social criticism and help to explain Bonhoeffer’s participation in the resistance movement and the plot to kill Hitler. Letter and Papers from Prison, (first English translation 1953 by SCM Press). This edition translated by Reginald H. Fuller and Frank Clark from Widerstand und Ergebung: Briefe und Auszeichnungen aus der Haft. Munuch: Christian Kaiser Verlag (1970). Touchstone 1997 paperback: ISBN 0-684-83827-3 Conspiracy and Imprisonment 1940–1945 Mark Brocker (editor). Fortress Press: 2006. ISBN 0-8006-8316-1 In hundreds of letters, including ten never-before-published letters to his fiancée, Maria von Wedemeyer, as well as official documents, short original pieces, and a few final sermons, the volume sheds light on Bonhoeffer's active resistance to and increasing involvement in the conspiracy against the Hitler regime, his arrest, and his long imprisonment. Finally, Bonhoeffer's many exchanges with his family, fiancée, and closest friends, demonstrate the affection and solidarity that accompanied Bonhoeffer to his prison cell, concentration camp, and eventual death. A Testament to Freedom: The Essential Writings of Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1990). Geoffrey B. Kelly and F. Burton Nelson, editors. Harper SanFrancisco 1995 2nd edition, paperback: ISBN 0-06-064214-9
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