The Cross of Reality Paperback

Luther's Theologia Crucis and Bonhoeffer's Christology

by H. Gaylon Barker;

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The Cross of Reality

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The Cross of Reality investigates Bonhoeffer's interpretation and use of Luther's theology in shaping his Christology. In this essay, H. Gaylon Barker uses the "theology of the cross" as a key to understanding the characteristic elements that make up Bonhoeffer's theology; he also shows how Bonhoeffer's conversation with his teachers and contemporaries, Karl Holland Karl Barth in particular, develops. Bonhoeffer's thought was indeed radical and revolutionary, but it was so precisely because of its adherence to the classical traditions of the church, especially Luther's theologia crucis. When his theology is understood in light of this tradition, his "nonreligious interpretation," which he set out to describe in his theological letters from Tegel prison, is not a radical departure from his earlier theology, but is the mature expression of his "theology of the cross." Bonhoeffer's Lutheran roots would not allow him to turn his back on the problems and tragedies of the world. In fact, because God had turned toward the world, had entered into the world and identified with suffering individuals, the only proper sphere for theological reflection was this world.
Theology properly conceived, therefore, is very this-worldly. It is this worldly character that gives it its power to speak.

The Cross of Reality by H. Gaylon Barker was published by Fortress Press,U.S. in September 2015. The ISBN for The Cross of Reality is 9781451488807.

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Page last updated 14th October 2016
Author / Artist
Book FormatPaperback
PublisherFortress Press,U.S. (September 2015)
Number of Pages272
Thickness24 mm
Height228 mm
Width152 mm
Product Code4330177
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