I have just added a new “Recommended Reading” page to this blog with the deatails of recommended secondary literature on Bonhoeffer. This is no means an exhaustive list (intentionally so) but if you feel there are important books omitted that you can vouch for as being very good then please feel free to let us know.
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I’d like to call your attention to the latest book available in the Dietrich Bonhoeffer Works series, VOLUME 13, from Fortress Press. The following is from the publisher’s press release:
Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s pastoral sojourn in England from October 1933 to April 1935, which he initially viewed as a withdrawal from the church clashes in Germany, marked instead a new phase in his intensive participation in that struggle. Newly released by Fortress Press, London, 1933-1935: Dietrich Bonhoeffer Works, Volume 13 provides an almost daily documentation of this deepening engagement against the placid backdrop of his two London pastorates.
Detailing Bonhoeffer’s extensive contacts with German expatriates, ecumenical partners and allies, and friends and family, London, 1933-1935 impressively records both Bonhoeffer’s involvement in the rapidly developing clash with the deutsche Christen and the means by which he pursued it.
The bulk of the material consists of his wide correspondence but also includes records and minutes of his congregational meetings, excerpts from the diaries of Bonhoeffer’s friend and London colleague Julius Rieger, reports from international conferences from 1934, and more than twenty sermons he preached to his London congregations. The wealth of this material, says editor Keith Clements, allows us to experience a dramatic slice of this history and see the many and complex facets of Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s personality.
“Beautifully translated, the letters and sermons give us new insights into Bonhoeffer himself.”
—Victoria J. Barnett, General Editor, Dietrich Bonhoeffer Works English Edition and Director, Church Relations, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
“Taking its place in what has become a definitive series, this splendid new volume captures Dietrich Bonhoeffer busily at work in a lively new landscape. More than this, it yields a vivid glimpse of that bustling, wider realm of opinion, friendship and endeavour which the crisis of National Socialism provoked beyond the borders of Germany itself. It is surely indispensable.”
—Andrew Chandler, Director, the George Bell Institute at the University of Chichester
Keith C. Clements served Baptist congregations for ten years before becoming secretary for international affairs in the Council of Churches for Britain and Ireland from 1990 to 1997 and general secretary of the Conference of European Churches, Geneva from 1997 to 2005.
Dietrich Bonhoeffer Works, Volume 13
Edited by Keith C. Clements
Translated by Isabel Best
Format: 6” x 9”, hardcover with jacket, 452 pages
Price: $50.00/ CAN $60.00
Publisher: Fortress Press
So here’s a rundown on what’s in print and yet to be made available. The ones with links are available, the others have yet to be released. If I’m not mistaken, Volume 8 will be the last to be published. The Fall 2005 newsletter of the International Bonhoeffer Society reported that:
“The English Edition will also feature a volume 17 as a searchable CD-ROM to include a master index for all volumes, a comprehensive series bibliography, additional glossaries, and searchable texts of all 16 volumes.”
Volume 8 Letters and Papers from Prison, translation of Widerstand und Ergebung
Volume 10 Barcelona, Berlin, New York: 1928-1931, translation of Barcelona, Berlin, Amerika: 1928-1931
Volume 11 Ecumenical, Academic and Pastoral Work: 1931-1932, translation of Ökumene, Universität, Pfarramt: 1931-1932
Volume 12 Berlin: 1933, translation of Berlin: 1933
Volume 13 London: 1933-1935, translation of London: 1933-1935
Volume 14 Theological Education at Finkenwalde: 1935-1937, translation of Illegale Theologenausbildung: 1935-1937
Volume 15 Theological Education Underground: 1937-1940, translation of Illegale Theologenausbildung: 1937-1940
Please find below a brief stab at a chronology of Bonhoeffer’s own theological writings. I hope this is useful to you. In completing this list I have used the Chronology in The Cambridge Companion to Dietrich Bonhoeffer and the bibliographic essay by James Burtness which is available online here:
i) Communio Sanctorum. This was Bonhoeffer’s doctoral dissertation completed in 1927.
ii) Act and Being. Completed in 1930 this was Bonhoeffer’s second dissertation.
iii) Creation and Fall. Published version of Winter lectures at the theological faculty of Berlin (1932)
iv) Christ the Centre. Based on 1933 Summer lectures in Berlin.
v) The Cost of Discipleship. First published in November 1937 shortly after the Finwendale Seminary had been closed down by the Gestapo.
vi) Life Together. Written in 1938.
vii) Temptation. Again written in 1938 Life Together is a collection of lectures given to Finwendale alumni.
viii). Ethics. While never finished this book was begun in 1940.
viii). Letters and Papers from Prison. The first of the theological letters began coming out in 1944. These final two books were collated and preserved by Eberhard Bethge.
In addition to the above there are also three collections of shorter essays of Bonhoeffer’s available. These are: The Way to Freedom, No Rusty Swords, and True Patriotism.
I hope this is useful to you, if you notice any mistakes or omissions please let me know.