About the An introduction to the life and thought of Dietrich Bonhoeffer course
This one-day course will give students an introduction to the life and thought of 20th century German theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer. We will look at how Bonhoeffer’s thinking was shaped by his context; where he lived, where he was working, how he responded to the rise of the Nazi regime and eventually to the Second World War.
Students will have the opportunity to learn about Bonhoeffer’s most famous books, such as The Cost of Discipleship and Life Together, and about the texts he wrote while in prison during World War II (gathered in Letters and Papers from Prison).
As well as tracing the development of Bonhoeffer’s ideas, we will look at extracts from some of these texts and discuss them together.