Bonhoeffer in Latin American perceptions: An inspiration to overcome structures of injustice?

Walter Altmann


This article traces the influence of the German pastor and theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer on Latin American theology. In addition to indicating the access to Bonhoeffer’s writings, the article attends to Bonhoeffer’s reception in various Latin American countries, including in the work of the Protestant theologian Alejandro Zorzin (from Uruguay) and the Roman Catholic theologian Érico Hammes (from Brazil). The article attests to the way in which Bonhoeffer’s theology is seen as a theological resource to inspire those who seek justice in their socio-political struggles.


Bonhoeffer; Latin America; reception history; Zorzin; Hammes; justice

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