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Min broder har blivit en kristus för mig: En kvalitativ innehållsanalys av teologin kring uppenbarelsen och kyrkan i Dietrich Bonhoeffers bok Liv i gemenskap
2020 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [sv]

In this essay I focus my study on Bonhoeffer’s book Life Together, published in 1939; the book contains Bonhoeffer’s thoughts of the church. The objective is to explore how the concept of revelation relate to Bonhoeffer’s theology of church. The Dutch theologian Michael P. DeJonge has studied Bonhoeffer’s theology of revelation. He argues that Bonhoeffer’s thoughts on the matter differentiates from the influential and contemporary thoughts of Karl Barth. Bonhoeffer speaks of revelation in terms of “a person”, specifically Jesus Christ. Bonhoeffer’s intepretation of how the human and the divine come together in the person of Chirst is the foundation of his idea of revelation. DeJonge’s conclusions are of great importance to my analysis. I have used his compilation as a lens in my study, thus making the theology of revelation made visible in Life Together. In my study I come to the conclusion that Bonhoeffer’s theology of “a person” is very much present in Life Together. Bonhoeffer’s understanding of human and divine in Jesus Christ is what makes the church possible. Bonhoeffer considers this union to be what gives the church authority to act as the remaining body of Christ on earth. My conclusions also indicate that Bonhoeffer speaks of the church members as revelation. Revelation comes in the shape of the Church; the Christians together constitutes the body of Christ. This is expressed by Bonhoeffer as if other Christians has become “Christ to me”. At the same time, it is clear that Bonhoeffer wants to separate the church from all other kinds of communities. To Bonhoeffer, the Church must be seen as nothing but the body of Christ. 

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2020. , p. 47
Keywords [en]
Life Together, Revelation, Church
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Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Liv i gemenskap, uppenbarelsen, kyrkan
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Religious Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-49890ISRN: JU-HLK-RKA-1-20200123OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hj-49890DiVA, id: diva2:1448458
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HLK, Religious Studies
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Available from: 2020-07-01 Created: 2020-06-28 Last updated: 2020-07-01Bibliographically approved

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