Bonhoeffer & the Future of Faith

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COURSE OVERVIEW
Why does a theologian like Dietrich Bonhoeffer still excite our theological imagination? What is it about his work in a different era that still engages some of the most cutting edge theological work done today? Join us as we listen to and learn from internationally known scholars working in areas such as climate change, prison reform, racial tensions, pastoral care, and Christian Nationalism. These scholars, generations removed from Bonhoeffer’s day, find inspiration in him for the continuing task of theology to interpret and respond to global challenges in our day. Together this class will think about Bonhoeffer’s enduring question to the church of his day, “What is Christianity for us today?” How we are responding in our time to this question will determine the shape of faith for our day and beyond.

SUGGESTED RESOURCES
Brief Timeline of Bonhoeffer’s Life
Religionless Christianity: Dietrich Bonhoeffer in Troubled Times by Jeffrey Pugh
Bonhoeffer for Armchair Theologians by Lori Brandt Hale
Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Theology, and Political Resistance by Lori Brandt Hale
Bonhoeffer’s Black Jesus: Harlem Renaissance Theology and an Ethic of Resistance by Reggie Williams
The Church for the World: A Theology of Public Witness by Jennifer McBride
Radical Discipleship: A Liturgical Politics of the Gospel by Jennifer McBride
You Shall Not Condemn: A Story of Faith and Advocacy on Death Row by Jennifer McBride
Bonhoeffer and King: Their Legacies and Import for Christian Social Thought Jennifer McBride
New Studies in Bonhoeffer’s Theology and Ethics Jennifer McBrideBonhoeffer as Youth Worker: A Theological Vision for Discipleship and Life Together by Andrew Root
Bonhoeffer and Climate Change: Theology and Ethics for the Anthropocene by Di Rayson

ABOUT THE INSTRUCTORS
Dr. Tripp Fuller is the founder and host of the #1 theology podcast, Homebrewed Christianity. As an author, speaker, podcaster, and professional theologian he is committed to bringing the best resources from the academy to the church so we can brew a more robust faith today.

Jeffrey C. Pugh, Maude Sharpe Powell Professor of Religious Studies, came to Elon in 1986. He was named Daniels-Danieley Professor in 2000, and was awarded the Distinguished Scholar Award in 2010. In the time he has been at Elon he has served on two major long range planning committees and was a founding faculty member and mentor of the Service Learning Community. He also helped develop and pilot the first global studies courses, which later became part of Elon’s core courses. He is the author of six books ranging from the Nazi era theologians Karl Barth and Dietrich Bonhoeffer to his work in religion and science. His most recent book on eschatology, The Homebrewed Christianity Guide to the End Times: Theology After You’ve Been Left Behind, was published by Fortress Press in 2016. He was named Distinguished University Professor in August of 2017.

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Bonhoeffer & the Future of Faith

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COURSE OVERVIEW
Why does a theologian like Dietrich Bonhoeffer still excite our theological imagination? What is it about his work in a different era that still engages some of the most cutting edge theological work done today? Join us as we listen to and learn from internationally known scholars working in areas such as climate change, prison reform, racial tensions, pastoral care, and Christian Nationalism. These scholars, generations removed from Bonhoeffer’s day, find inspiration in him for the continuing task of theology to interpret and respond to global challenges in our day. Together this class will think about Bonhoeffer’s enduring question to the church of his day, “What is Christianity for us today?” How we are responding in our time to this question will determine the shape of faith for our day and beyond.

SUGGESTED RESOURCES
Brief Timeline of Bonhoeffer’s Life
Religionless Christianity: Dietrich Bonhoeffer in Troubled Times by Jeffrey Pugh
Bonhoeffer for Armchair Theologians by Lori Brandt Hale
Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Theology, and Political Resistance by Lori Brandt Hale
Bonhoeffer’s Black Jesus: Harlem Renaissance Theology and an Ethic of Resistance by Reggie Williams
The Church for the World: A Theology of Public Witness by Jennifer McBride
Radical Discipleship: A Liturgical Politics of the Gospel by Jennifer McBride
You Shall Not Condemn: A Story of Faith and Advocacy on Death Row by Jennifer McBride
Bonhoeffer and King: Their Legacies and Import for Christian Social Thought Jennifer McBride
New Studies in Bonhoeffer’s Theology and Ethics Jennifer McBrideBonhoeffer as Youth Worker: A Theological Vision for Discipleship and Life Together by Andrew Root
Bonhoeffer and Climate Change: Theology and Ethics for the Anthropocene by Di Rayson

ABOUT THE INSTRUCTORS
Dr. Tripp Fuller is the founder and host of the #1 theology podcast, Homebrewed Christianity. As an author, speaker, podcaster, and professional theologian he is committed to bringing the best resources from the academy to the church so we can brew a more robust faith today.

Jeffrey C. Pugh, Maude Sharpe Powell Professor of Religious Studies, came to Elon in 1986. He was named Daniels-Danieley Professor in 2000, and was awarded the Distinguished Scholar Award in 2010. In the time he has been at Elon he has served on two major long range planning committees and was a founding faculty member and mentor of the Service Learning Community. He also helped develop and pilot the first global studies courses, which later became part of Elon’s core courses. He is the author of six books ranging from the Nazi era theologians Karl Barth and Dietrich Bonhoeffer to his work in religion and science. His most recent book on eschatology, The Homebrewed Christianity Guide to the End Times: Theology After You’ve Been Left Behind, was published by Fortress Press in 2016. He was named Distinguished University Professor in August of 2017.