In "Letters and Papers from Prison," Dietrich Bonhoeffer critiques religion and proposes religionless Christianity.
In this webinar, Bonhoeffer scholar, Dr. Lori Brandt Hale explores his idea of religionless Christianity, how it has been understood and used over time - including by early radical theologians - and what it all might mean for contemporary readers of Bonhoeffer.
“I discovered… that one only learns to have faith by living in the full this-worldliness of life” (DBWE 8: 486)
“Is there such a thing as a religionless Christian? If religion is only the garb in which Christianity is clothed… what then is religionless Christianity?” (DBWE 8:363)
Lori Brandt Hale is Professor and Chair of the Department of Religion and Philosophy at Augsburg University in Minneapolis, MN. She is the Vice President of the International Bonhoeffer Society – English Language Section and a Westar Institute Scholar. Brandt Hale is co-editor of and contributor to Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Theology, and Political Resistance (Lexington Books, June 2020). Her chapter in this book, a constructive read of Bonhoeffer’s work, is titled, “The Interfaith Imperative: How Bonhoeffer Compels Interfaith Action.” She wrote the Bonhoeffer entry in the forthcoming T&T Clark Handbook of Modern Theologians (expected 2022), and co-authored Bonhoeffer for Armchair Theologians (Westminster John Knox, 2009). Brandt Hale has written numerous articles and book chapters on Bonhoeffer’s political resistance, understanding of vocation, and relevance in contemporary times - including the now perennial question, “Is this a Bonhoeffer moment?”
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