Objective spirit and continuity in the theology of Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Philosophy and Theology 17 (1/2):17-31 (2005)
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This paper attempts to read Bonhoeffer’s work as a whole. I maintain that Bonhoeffer’s attempt to develop a distinctly Christian version of the Hegelian concept of objective spirit is the central concern of his Sanctorum Communio. I note the ways he continues to refine and clarify that concept in later works, even as it remainsunnamed. I then argue that by the time of the Letters and Papers from Prison, developing this concept has become Bonhoeffer’s overriding project. I conclude by suggesting ways that the earlier works already provide resources for answering the probing questions of the Letters and Papers
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