A new ethics for a new time?

Rereading Bonhoeffer’s ‘Heritage and Decay’

Authors

  • Luís Cumaru

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.17570/stj.2023.v9n4.a10

Keywords:

future, formation (Gestaltung), civilization, West, past

Abstract

According to Bonhoeffer, responsibility is a global response of the human being to all reality as a whole. In the fragments of his posthumous Ethics, themes such as discipleship, culture, politics, human rights, and others converge to the same point. In this article, I analyse the context in which these fragments were written and expose the reason why even under the most difficult circumstances, Bonhoeffer thought and lived life responsibly as a whole according to what Karl Barth few years earlier called Theological Existence.

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Published

2023-11-28