Living through the fire: Bonhoeffer’s thoughts on a credible church for today

Carel Anthonissen


This article offers a brief excursion into Bonhoeffer’s ecclesiology, arguing that Bonhoeffer’s struggle throughout his life to render the church of his day more credible and authentic, was at the very heart of his theology. In this regard the article will highlight three characteristics of what a credible church meant for Bonhoeffer. After unpacking Bonhoeffer’s theological arguments in this regard, they will then be applied to our own context.


Bonhoeffer; ecclesiology; spirituality; authenticity

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