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Worldliness and Holiness: Following Jesus into a Disenchanted World

Lenehan, Kevin A. (2018) Worldliness and Holiness: Following Jesus into a Disenchanted World. The Bonhoeffer LEgacy: Australasian Journal of Bonhoeffer Studies, 4 (2). pp. 1-22. ISSN 2202-9168

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Abstract

In this paper, I examine Bonhoeffer’s understanding of the integration of the journey into union with the triune God and the journey into the historical events and circumstances of our time. I will explain that this journey of ‘holy worldliness’ arises from and deepens the conformation of the believer to the ever-incarnate Jesus Christ, who leads us by his presence into the midst of history and existence. This conformation takes place as we are drawn more fully into the life of the church, the Gemeinde Christi, and into the church’s relations with the world of its time. I will extend Bonhoeffer’s thought by exploring the implications of the journey of holy worldliness in the context of religious disenchantment (Entzauberung) or loss of transcendence. Four ‘types’ of disenchantment will be described: (a) the critique of institutional Christianity; (b) the critique of ‘otherworldly’ spirituality; (c) lack of responsibility in relation to the other; and (d) the lack of a ‘second-naïveté’ in relating to religious knowledge objects.

Item Type: Published Articles
Repository Version: Published Version
Keywords: Bonhoeffer, justification, imago dei, discipleship, worldliness
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: C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9504 Religion and Ethics > 950404 Religion and Society
C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9504 Religion and Ethics > 950407 Social Ethics
Type of Activity: Experimental Development
Subjects: D - Spirituality and Spiritual Direction
C - Systematic Theology
College/Association with University of Divinity: CTC: Catholic Theological College
Depositing User: Rev Dr Kevin A. Lenehan
Date Deposited: 27 Feb 2018 00:10
Last Modified: 27 Feb 2018 00:10
URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/3039

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