Overview (Masterplots II: Christian Literature)
Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s Ethics focuses on the relationship between God and humanity. God has become fully human in Jesus Christ; thus, he has experienced humanness in his own God-human nature. The Resurrection signaled the birth of a new world, one readmitted into paradise. All separation, fragmentation, and binary thinking must now be overcome. The practice of ethics, therefore, is not the division of the world into good and evil; instead, the goal of ethics is the full reintegration of all humanity into the divine reality revealed in Jesus Christ. Bonhoeffer thus sees the merging of secular reality and divine reality as imperative; separate, they, too, form a binary conceptualization to be overcome.
In Bonhoeffer’s view, humans stand at a point of transition toward “God-reality.” In their penultimate state, people act according to nature; in their ultimate state, people act in God-reality, as manifested in Jesus Christ. In the face of death, for example, people acting according to nature express a silence of helplessness; in their God-reality, people express consolation. Both stages are necessary for the full experience of humanness, which takes place in a social context.
God’s becoming human in Jesus Christ was the ultimate act of deep love and the end of the rift between God and humans. Such a relationship entails complete human freedom in terms of the new God-reality. Quoting Martin Luther, Bonhoeffer says that following...
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