'I am for you, and you are for me God's claim': A Christological meditation on Bonhoeffer's ethic of responsibility

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Abstract

The paper explores Dietrich Bonhoeffer's sense of what it means for the human being truly to exist in the world. It is essentially a meditation on the ethic of responsibility, written from Bonhoeffer's highly christocentric perspective. The paper hinges on Bonhoeffer's understanding of the ethical implications of being made in the image of God and on the concept of vicarious representative action as a practical expression of God's claim on us. The discussion is framed by the vision of one reality in Christ. There is, for Bonhoeffer, only the reality that is given with God's revelation in Jesus Christ. In the Christuswirklichkeit, 'the reality of God and the reality of the world are united.' We cannot have one without the other. In Jesus Christ, the ideal and the expedient receive 'a completely new meaning.' The answers to all our questions about God and the world are now 'enclosed in this name.'
Original languageEnglish
Article number2018
Pages (from-to)53-63
Number of pages11
JournalThe Bonhoeffer Legacy: An International Journal
Volume6
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2020

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