Doubled Life of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, The PB: Women, Sexuality, and Nazi Germany (Paperback)Diane Reynolds (author)
Paperback 466 Pages / Published: 23/02/2017
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Few twentieth-century theologians have had a bigger impact than Dietrich Bonhoeffer, a man who lived his faith and died at the hands of the Nazis. For Bonhoeffer, the theological was the personal: life and faith were deeply intertwined - and to this day the world is inspired by that witness. Yet the true story of the women in this remarkable man's life has until now been obscured by a conventional narrative that has distorted their role. Using primary sources written by the women in his life, and even including the first ever photo of alleged 'first fiancee' Elisabeth Zinn, this book 'sees' these women fully for the first time. A highly readable but scholarly work of narrative nonfiction, The Doubled Life places Bonhoeffer's theology of love and sexuality within the context of his struggles with women, friendship, and the evils of Nazi Germany.
Publisher: James Clarke & Co Ltd
Number of pages: 466
Dimensions: 229 x 153 x 25 mm
"Bonhoeffer finally learned the best theology is a kind of writing that spans systematics, confession, narrative and poetry. The engaging biographical writing of Diane Reynolds presents a neglected side of the Bonhoeffer story: the place of women and the presence of sexuality in the Christian discipleship and political resistance of this German saint. This book will be a required text in my Bonhoeffer graduate seminar." Scott Holland, Slabaugh Professor of Theology & Culture, Director of Peace Studies at Bethany Theological Seminary "Diane Reynolds' The Doubled Life of Dietrich Bonhoeffer offers a new and important perspective on the life of Bonhoeffer. Her broadening of our understanding of Bonhoeffer's immense contribution resonates with the changes in attitude toward homosexuality we are witnessing in the world today. Not only was Bonhoeffer a committed pacifist and protector of Jews during the Holocaust, but as Reynolds aptly suggests, Bonhoeffer's sexual orientation may have heightened his sensitivity to the plight of the marginalised under the Nazi Regime. Readers have much to gain from Reynolds' insights." Elaine Pigeon, author of Queer Impressions: Henry James's Art of Fiction
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