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Called by Karl Barth "the brilliant Ethics of Dietrich Bonhoeffer," this book is finally being recognized as Bonhoeffer's magnum opus and one of the most important works of Christian ethics of the last century. Presented here in a new translation and a striking new arrangement, it is based on intensive study of the original manuscripts and includes copious historical notes and commentary. Written in the midst of the conspiracy to overthrow the Hitler regime, it is nonetheless chiefly concerned with ethics for the postwar time of reconstruction and peace. Focused on Christ, the God who became human, and the vision of a world reconciled with God, the Ethics shuns abstraction, seeks the will of God in concrete historical reality, and calls the church to be a transforming community in the world with a new responsibility in public life. Book jacket.
Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1906-45), a German theologian, pastor, and ecumenist, studied in Berlin and at Union Theological Seminary in New York City. He played a central role in the Confessing Church during the Nazi period and became one of the most influential theologians of the twentieth century.
Table of Contents
General Editor's Foreword to Dietrich Bonhoeffer Works
Editor's Introduction to the English Edition, Clifford J. Green
Ethics: Manuscripts in a Reconstructed Writing Sequence
Christ, Reality, and Good. Christ, Church, and World
Ethics as Formation
Heritage and Decay
Guilt, Justification, Renewal
Ultimate and Penultimate Things
The Right to Bodily Life
Reproduction and Developing Life
The Freedom of Bodily Life
The Natural Rights of the Life of the Spirit
History and Good 
History and Good 
The Structure of Responsible Life
The Place of Responsibility
Love and Responsibility
God's Love and the Disintegration of the World
Church and World I
On the Possibility of the Church's Message to the World
The "Ethical" and the "Christian" as a Topic
The Concrete Commandment and the Divine Mandates
The Commandment of God in the Church
Editors' Afterword to the German Edition
Chronology of Ethics
Preparing the German Edition of Ethics Ilse Todt
Arrangements of Ethics
Facsimile Pages, "Heritage and Decay"
Literature Used by Bonhoeffer
Literature Consulted by the Editors
Other Literature Related to Ethics
Index of Scriptural References
Index of Names
Index of Subjects
Editors and Translators
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