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dc.contributor.advisorO'Donovan, Oliver
dc.contributor.advisorNimmo, Paul
dc.contributor.authorKaiser, Joshua Andrew
dc.date.accessioned2012-08-22T10:23:45Z
dc.date.available2012-08-22T10:23:45Z
dc.date.issued2012-06-26
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1842/6287
dc.description.abstractIn this thesis I argue for the centrality of moral discernment in Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s vision of Christian ethics. I contend that a close reading of his understudied Ethics manuscript, ‘God’s Love and the Disintegration of the World’, not only reveals the importance of discernment, but also exposes a tension in his thinking between a simple, unreflective approach to God’s will and a rational, reflective mode of moral deliberation. At several points in the 1930s and early 1940s, his emphasis on simplicity seems to preclude the very idea of moral reflection; however, a closer inspection reveals that the two are not mutually exclusive. I argue that Bonhoeffer’s theology contains the necessary resources to incorporate, on Christological grounds, both simplicity and reflective moral deliberation into a coherent vision of moral discernment. Furthermore, I contend that this conceptual unity, premised on the relationship between Christ’s two natures, becomes efficacious in the lives of Christians through a process of conformation to the form of Christ, which includes as an essential element the disciplined practice of spiritual exercises. Finally, drawing on Bonhoeffer's entire corpus, I investigate the theme of God’s commandment, focusing in particular on simple obedience, and the concept of natural life, paying special attention to the shape of the created order. I conclude that simple obedience, while precluding self-centred moral reflection, nevertheless creates space for meditative reflection that understands reality through a Christological lens. In so doing, this meditative reflection finds its orientation in the natural, penultimate world, which serves as a crucial context and guide for those who want to become simple and wise.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherThe University of Edinburghen
dc.subjectBonhoeffer, Dietrich, 1906-1945en
dc.subjectBonhoefferen
dc.subjectdiscernmenten
dc.subjectChristian ethicsen
dc.subjectChristian formationen
dc.subjecttheologyen
dc.titleBecoming simple and wise: the place of moral discernment in Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s vision of Christian Ethicsen
dc.typeThesis or Dissertationen
dc.relation.referencesBonhoeffer, Dietrich. Zettelnotizen für eine ‘Ethik’. Edited by Ilse Tödt. Vol. 6 (supplementary volume). Dietrich Bonhoeffer Werke. Gütersloh: Chr. Kaiser, 1993.en
dc.type.qualificationlevelDoctoralen
dc.type.qualificationnamePhD Doctor of Philosophyen
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