(Literary Essentials: Nonfiction Masterpieces)

Sources for Further Study

Ake, Stacey Elizabeth. “’As We Are So We Make’: Life as Composition in Søren Kierkegaard and Dietrich Bonhoeffer.” Kierkegaard Studies, October, 1999, 293-309. Jesus Christ’s God-human nature as empathic love expresses itself as a cantus firmus (solid melodic line), which offers the foundational tonality of Christian living in an otherwise polyphonic tonality.

Arnett, Ronald C. Dialogic Confession: Bonhoeffer’s Rhetoric of Responsibility. Foreword by Clifford Christians. Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press, 2005. An analysis of Bonhoeffer’s thought from the perspective of communication theory, in which the author, a professor and chair of the Department of Communication and Rhetorical Studies at Duquesne University, applies the metaphor of dialogic confession to Bonhoeffer and his “world come of age.”

Bethge, Eberhard. Bonhoeffer: Exile and Martyr, 1975.

Doblmeier, Martin, director. Bonhoeffer. Produced by First Run Features and Journey Films, distributed by First Run Features, 2003. This film reviews Bonhoeffer’s personal courage in his outspoken criticism of mistaken policies on the part of the regime of Adolf Hitler in Nazi Germany.

Fowl, Stephen E., and L. Gregory Jones. Reading in Communion: Scripture and Ethics in Christian Life. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Wm. B. Eerdmans, 1991. Two assistant professors of theology at Loyola College in Baltimore, Maryland, consider the relationship between the Bible and contemporary ethical issues. Chapter 6 addresses Bonhoeffer as a model performer of scripture.

Godsey, John D., and Geffrey B. Kelly, eds. Ethical Responsibility: Bonhoeffer’s Legacy to the Churches, 1981.

Klassen, A. J. “Ethics,” in A Bonhoeffer Legacy: Essays in Understanding, 1981.

Rasmussen, Larry. Dietrich Bonhoeffer: Reality and Resistance, 1972.

Reist, Benjamin A. “The Cutting Edge: Context and Ethics,” in The Promise of Bonhoeffer, 1969.

Woelfel, James W. “The Development of a Christological Ethics Under the Third Reich,” in Bonhoeffer’s Theology: Classical and Revolutionary, 1970.