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“Saying the Right Word at the Right Hour: Dietrich Bonhoeffer on Reading the Signs of the Times.”

Lenehan, Kevin A. (2012) “Saying the Right Word at the Right Hour: Dietrich Bonhoeffer on Reading the Signs of the Times.”. Pacifica 25 (June 2012). pp. 141-160. ISSN 1030-570X

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    Abstract

    Bonhoeffer was convinced that the revelation of God in Christ can only be discerned in the here and now through practices of hearing the Word of God and of understanding the realities of the cultural and political context. The relationship between these two is reciprocal: by listening to the Word we learn to ‘see’ reality as it is; and by ‘reading the signs of the times’ we become attuned to the ways in which Christ is becoming present in the midst of that reality. This presence is mediated to us within our relations with those others to whom the Gospel leads us. This paper will trace this central motif through four successive contexts of Bonhoeffer’s life, each marked by his encounter with a new other.

    Item Type: Published Articles
    Repository Version: Author's Final Manuscript
    Keywords (separated by commas): Dietrich Bonhoeffer, theological discernment, ethics
    Fields of Research: 22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2204 Religion and Religious Studies > 220401 Christian Studies (incl. Biblical Studies and Church History)
    22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2204 Religion and Religious Studies > 220405 Religion and Society
    Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970122 Expanding Knowledge in Philosophy and Religious Studies
    Type of Activity: Pure Basic Research
    Subject Area(s): C - Church History
    C - Systematic Theology
    Association with University of Divinity: CTC: Catholic Theological College
    Depositing User: Rev Dr Kevin A. Lenehan
    Date Deposited: 10 May 2013 10:01
    Last Modified: 30 Aug 2013 09:38
    URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/1192

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