This lecture will provide and introduction and orientation to Bonhoeffer’s ethical thought, particularly with regard to his mature doctrine of divine mandates, consisting of family, work, church, and government. The relationship between the personal and the social will be considered, as Bonhoeffer’s social thought is rooted in his understanding of the doctrine of vocation and “vicarious representative action.” Bonhoeffer’s social thought provides a dynamic and compelling vision of human social life, and a way forward beyond the sometimes stultifying debates of the twentieth century.

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