AAR Annual Meeting
November 18-21, 2017
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This Unit seeks to explore the historical and contemporary interface between theology and public life within the context of Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s legacy in theology. Together with professional societies affiliated in the study of Bonhoeffer’s life and thought, the Unit has explored a variety of topics from medical ethics to political life in a global context.
In honor of the 2017 AAR theme "Religion and the Most Vulnerable," we invite papers exploring Bonhoeffer's life and theology that are attentive to the “view from below”, particularly in light of the current American political and social landscape. Works putting Bonhoeffer and Paul Ricouer in conversation are encouraged, as are pieces examining responses to Nazism by Bonhoeffer and Paul Tillich. Other possible session themes include the following: How do we teach Bonhoeffer in these times? What does Bonhoeffer’s view of preaching have to say to us during these times? What does the German church struggle teach us? Also, 2017 marks the 80th anniversary of the publication of Discipleship, which makes this an opportune time to explore the book’s continuing relevance.
Vulnerability. Paper proposals will be considered for a co-sponsored session with the Bonhoeffer: Theology and Social Analysis Unit. We are especially interested in papers that address Ricoeur and/or Bonhoeffer in relation to this year’s conference theme, “Religion and the Most Vulnerable.”
Co-Sponsored Session with the Tillich:Issues in Theology, religion, and Culture Unit (2.5 hours): In Gathering Clouds: Theological Responses to Fascism inspired by Bonhoeffer and Tillich