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Religion and Theology Essay on "Life Together" by Bonheoffer
Religion and Theology
Pages 5 (1255 words)
The German theologian, Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1906 – 1945) wrote Life Together while teaching at an underground seminary. The book was first published in 1939 by the Christian Kaiser Verlag, in the German language.
By stating that the Church is a divine and spiritual reality sustained by God’s love in Christ, Bonhoeffer intends to mean that not only should the Church be united in God’s love, but that it owes its allegiance to God alone (not any government). Opening his discourse with a quote from Psalm 133:1, Bonhoeffer uses the Church, the community of believers to discuss the essence of Christian brotherhood, and the responsibility that proceeds therefrom. This is seen in Bonhoeffer’s assertion that without Christ, a discordant relationship between man and God and man and his fellow man would prevail, since Christ is the initiator of brotherhood. Detailing the reality of the functions of the Church as a living and virile organism which he christened a community of love, Bonhoeffer as a pastor discusses the meaning and needs of the Body of Christ, in light of disparity between it and the Church in the Acts of the Apostles and the way the world esteemed the Church. Bonhoeffer uses three facets to discuss these matters that relate to the Church: the centrality of Christ, the divine reality of the Church and the Church as a community of God’s love (Bonhoeffer, 1978). ...
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