Religionless Christianity and the Political Implications of Theological Speech: What Bonhoeffer's Theology Yields to a World of Fundamentalisms

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

3 Citations (Scopus)

Abstract

This article seeks to utilize Bonhoeffer's religionless Christianity in a formative and constructive way to aid theological speech in the complexly secular and multi-faith setting of the twenty-first century. It will begin by seeking to highlight trends in unhelpful contemporary theo-politics, and to locate these in the interconnection of secular and religious forms of fundamentalism. It will then consider how a theological interpretation of Bonhoeffer's religionless Christianity might assist in undermining such fundamentalisms. A further section identifies a threefold positive benefit that Bonhoeffer's thought offers in the contemporary situation: a distinction between God and religion; a genuine understanding of the sovereignty of God; and an inability to separate secular-religious concerns from inter-faith concerns.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)293-308
Number of pages16
JournalInternational Journal of Systematic Theology
Volume11
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2009

Fingerprint

Theology
Christianity
Religion
Dietrich Bonhoeffer
Deity
Fundamentalism
Thought
Sovereignty
Faith

Cite this

@article{7eb4f166249e41f0ae308b871ee7a43c,
title = "Religionless Christianity and the Political Implications of Theological Speech: What Bonhoeffer's Theology Yields to a World of Fundamentalisms",
abstract = "This article seeks to utilize Bonhoeffer's religionless Christianity in a formative and constructive way to aid theological speech in the complexly secular and multi-faith setting of the twenty-first century. It will begin by seeking to highlight trends in unhelpful contemporary theo-politics, and to locate these in the interconnection of secular and religious forms of fundamentalism. It will then consider how a theological interpretation of Bonhoeffer's religionless Christianity might assist in undermining such fundamentalisms. A further section identifies a threefold positive benefit that Bonhoeffer's thought offers in the contemporary situation: a distinction between God and religion; a genuine understanding of the sovereignty of God; and an inability to separate secular-religious concerns from inter-faith concerns.",
author = "Tom Greggs",
year = "2009",
month = "6",
doi = "10.1111/j.1468-2400.2009.00450.x",
language = "English",
volume = "11",
pages = "293--308",
journal = "International Journal of Systematic Theology",
issn = "1463-1652",
publisher = "Wiley-Blackwell",
number = "3",

}

TY - JOUR

T1 - Religionless Christianity and the Political Implications of Theological Speech

T2 - What Bonhoeffer's Theology Yields to a World of Fundamentalisms

AU - Greggs, Tom

PY - 2009/6

Y1 - 2009/6

N2 - This article seeks to utilize Bonhoeffer's religionless Christianity in a formative and constructive way to aid theological speech in the complexly secular and multi-faith setting of the twenty-first century. It will begin by seeking to highlight trends in unhelpful contemporary theo-politics, and to locate these in the interconnection of secular and religious forms of fundamentalism. It will then consider how a theological interpretation of Bonhoeffer's religionless Christianity might assist in undermining such fundamentalisms. A further section identifies a threefold positive benefit that Bonhoeffer's thought offers in the contemporary situation: a distinction between God and religion; a genuine understanding of the sovereignty of God; and an inability to separate secular-religious concerns from inter-faith concerns.

AB - This article seeks to utilize Bonhoeffer's religionless Christianity in a formative and constructive way to aid theological speech in the complexly secular and multi-faith setting of the twenty-first century. It will begin by seeking to highlight trends in unhelpful contemporary theo-politics, and to locate these in the interconnection of secular and religious forms of fundamentalism. It will then consider how a theological interpretation of Bonhoeffer's religionless Christianity might assist in undermining such fundamentalisms. A further section identifies a threefold positive benefit that Bonhoeffer's thought offers in the contemporary situation: a distinction between God and religion; a genuine understanding of the sovereignty of God; and an inability to separate secular-religious concerns from inter-faith concerns.

U2 - 10.1111/j.1468-2400.2009.00450.x

DO - 10.1111/j.1468-2400.2009.00450.x

M3 - Article

VL - 11

SP - 293

EP - 308

JO - International Journal of Systematic Theology

JF - International Journal of Systematic Theology

SN - 1463-1652

IS - 3

ER -