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The Doubled Life of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, by Diane Reynolds

The Doubled Life of Dietrich Bonhoeffer


Women, Sexuality, and Nazi Germany


By Diane Reynolds


 
 


A biographical study of the great German theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer, drawing upon primary sources to analyse the role of the women in his life and his struggles with his sexuality.

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Available as: Paperback (eBook edition available soon)
Print Paperback New Title £35.00
ISBN: 9780227176320
Specifications: 229x153mm, 466pp, b&w and colour illustrations
Publication: February 2017

About this Book

Few twentieth-century theologians have had a bigger impact on theology than Dietrich Bonhoeffer, a man who lived his faith and died at the hands of the Nazis. For Bonhoeffer, the theological was the personal; life and faith were deeply intertwined – and to this day the world is inspired by that witness. Yet the true story of the women in this remarkable man's life has until now been obscured by a conventional narrative that has distorted their role. Using primary sources written by the women in his life, and even including the first ever photo of alleged "first fiancιe" Elisabeth Zinn, this book "sees" these women fully for the first time. A highly readable but scholarly work of narrative nonfiction, The Doubled Life of Dietrich Bonhoeffer places Bonhoeffer's theology of love and sexuality within the context of his struggles with women, friendship, and the evils of Nazi Germany.

Contents

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgments
List of Abbreviations

Introduction
Prelude

Part I – Pleasure and Pain (tob and ra)
Part II – Seeking Ground
Part III – The Incomparable Year
Part IV – Reconfigurations
Part V – Decisions
Part VI – War and Conspiracies
Part VII – Cornered: 1942–43
Part VIII – Alone
Part IX – Eberhard and Maria
Part X – Saints

Epilogue

Appendix I: Maria von Wedemeyer Timeline: 1935–45
Appendix II: Orientation and Celibacy Questions

Bibliography
Index

   Full List of Contents » (PDF, 56 KB)

Extracts

   Introduction » (PDF, 147 KB)
   Chapter 1: "Sacred Space" » (PDF, 124 KB)
   Chapter 9: London » (PDF, 104 KB)
   Chapter 37: Exile in Ettal » (PDF, 84 KB)

About the Author

Diane Reynolds is an award-winning journalist whose work has appeared in The Washington Post, The Baltimore Sun, and Publishers Weekly. She teaches literature and writing and holds an MDiv from Earlham School of Religion.

Reviews and Comments

"Bonhoeffer finally learned the best theology is a kind of writing that spans systematics, confession, narrative and poetry. The engaging biographical writing of Diane Reynolds presents a neglected side of the Bonhoeffer story: the place of women and the presence of sexuality in the Christian discipleship and political resistance of this German saint. This book will be a required text in my Bonhoeffer graduate seminar."
Scott Holland, Slabaugh Professor of Theology & Culture, Director of Peace Studies at Bethany Theological Seminary

"Diane Reynolds' The Doubled Life of Dietrich Bonhoeffer offers a new and important perspective on the life of Bonhoeffer. Her broadening of our understanding of Bonhoeffer's immense contribution resonates with the changes in attitude toward homosexuality we are witnessing in the world today. Not only was Bonhoeffer a committed pacifist and protector of Jews during the Holocaust, but as Reynolds aptly suggests, Bonhoeffer's sexual orientation may have heightened his sensitivity to the plight of the marginalised under the Nazi Regime. Readers have much to gain from Reynolds' insights."
Elaine Pigeon, author of Queer Impressions: Henry James's Art of Fiction

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