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A Spoke in the wheel

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Reconsidering The Political in The Theology of Dietrich Bonhoeffer
Wednesday 27th of June - Sunday 1st July 2012, Sigtuna Sweden

Conference theme
Due to his Christology and ecclesiology, Dietrich Bonhoeffer's theology is intrinsically political. On the one hand, his theological convictions make possible opposition to government authority. Early on, in his critical engagement against the Nazi regime, in "The Church and the Jewish Question" (1933), Bonhoeffer expected the church to oppose the state when the rights of those disdained by the state were violated. Ultimately, this stance resulted in Bonhoeffer's participation in the resistance and his violent death. On the other hand, Bonhoeffer advocated a conservative, non-democratic political order for Germany after the war. How can one explain these seeming contradictions? How should we understand Bonhoeffer's political theology?

The aim of the XI. International Bonhoeffer Congress is to encourage reflections on the continuing relevance of Bonhoeffer's political theology and ethics for the Christian church in a world that is now characterized by an increasing gap between the rich and the poor. Is the church once again expected to put up political resistance?


Dietrich Bonhoeffer and Sweden

Dietrich Bonhoeffer und Schweden


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Payment: Congress fee including lodging and meals at the venue will be 4.900 SEK

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This website will be the official site for the coming congress 2012. Information about Call for papers, program, registration, information etc will be published due to the planning progress.

For the congress, Sigtuna Foundation is first of all the meeting point for Dietrich Bonhoeffer and Bishop George Bell in 1942 during the time of involvement in the conspiracy. Sigtuna Foundation is wonderful located in the small town Sigtuna, close to the shore of lake Mälaren, 20 minutes from Arlanda International airport nearby Stockholm, the capital of Sweden. History tells us that the Foundation has been a crossroad for cultural, theological and political dialogue. It was founded by Manfred Björkqvist in 1917, who later on became the Bishop of Stockholm.