Religion in the Public Sphere—with Dietrich Bonhoeffer towards a Renewed Understanding of ‘the Two Kingdoms’

in International Journal of Public Theology
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In this article Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s critical reception of the Lutheran doctrine of the two kingdoms is related to the discussion about religion and politics in liberal democracies. Bonhoeffer experienced not only how the church isolated itself from the political sphere—by a ‘pseudo-Lutheran’ doctrine of the two kingdoms—but also how the church was politicized and abused by Deutsche Christen. His theological thinking is therefore a helpful starting point to formulate a theology which is politically relevant without being transformed into politics. Against the background of Bonhoeffer’s theology an argument is advanced that a renewed understanding of the two kingdoms assists the church in being focused on the Gospel, at the same time as it can also give the church instruments to be present in the public sphere with well-defined pretensions, which clarifies whether the assertions of the church are based on revelation or on public reason.

Religion in the Public Sphere—with Dietrich Bonhoeffer towards a Renewed Understanding of ‘the Two Kingdoms’

in International Journal of Public Theology

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2

Dietrich BonhoefferDietrich Bonhoeffer Werke 16: Konspiration und Haft 1940–1945 (Gütersloh: Chr. Kaiser/Gütersloher Verlagshaus1996) 533 (hereafter dbw).

3

Cf. Ernst Georg WendelStudien zur Homiletik Dietrich Bonhoeffers. Predigt Hermeneutik Sprache (Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck1985) pp. 35 37.

9

Ibid.353–54.

12

Ibid.43.

13

Ibid.546 39.

14

Ibid.51–2.

17

Ibid.55.

20

Ibid.397.

22

Ibid.561note 51.

30

Ibid.358.

31

Ibid.359. English quotation from Dietrich Bonhoeffer Works 6 357 (original italics).

32

Ibid.363.

33

Ibid.364.

36

Ibid.166–7.

40

Nigel Biggar‘Saving the “Secular”. The Public Vocation of Moral Theology’Journal of Religious Ethics37:1 (2009) 159–78 at 168.

41

Ibid.164.

42

Ibid.169.

49

Ibid. p. 55.

51

Heinrich Bedford-Strohm‘Bonhoeffer als öffentlicher Theologe’Bonhoeffer-Rundbrief. Mitteilungen der Internationalen Bonhoeffer-Gesellschaft87 (November 2008) 26–40 at 27–28.

52

Christiane Tietz“. . . mit anderen Worten . . . Zur Übersetzbarkeit religiöser Überzeugungen in politischen Diskursen”Evangelische Theologie72:2 (2012) 86–100.

53

Robert Benne‘Lutherans in Public—Four Lively Options’Dialog: A Journal of Theology45:4 (2006) 356–65.

54

Ibid.363.

55

Ibid.364.

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