Lexington Books / Fortress Academic
Trim: 6⅜ x 9¾
978-1-9787-0126-7 • Hardback • March 2018 • $129.00 • (£99.00)
978-1-9787-0127-4 • eBook • March 2018 • $122.50 • (£89.00)
Tim Boniface earned his PhD at Durham University.
Chapter 1. THE DOMESTICATION OF TRANSCENDENCE AND CHRISTOLOGY
Chapter 2. HANS FREI: TRANSCENDENCE, HERMENEUTICS AND CHRISTOLOGY
Chapter 3. HANS FREI: TRANSCENDENCE AND THE HERMENEUTICAL COMMUNITY
Chapter 4. DIETRICH BONHOEFFER: MODERNITY AND TRANSCENDENCE
Chapter 5. DIETRICH BONHOEFFER: TRANSCENDENCE, A THEOLOGIA CRUCIS, AND UNSUBSTITUTABILITY
Chapter 6. DIETRICH BONHOEFFFER: CHRISTOLOGY AND TRANSCENDENCE IN ETHICS AND LETTERS AND PAPERS FROM PRISON
Tim Boniface hosts a fascinating conversation between Frei and Bonhoeffer, showing that Jesus Christ, in all his inexhaustible and unmasterable particularity, stands at the centre of each theologian's thought. For both theologians, this Jesus is the word of God spoken to the world – a word that, precisely because it is spoken in this unsubstitutably particular form, can never adequately be contained within the patterns of thought, speech, and action of those who receive him. Boniface handles the works of both Frei and Bonhoeffer deftly, he asks serious questions of each, and he demonstrates that together they point us to a form of generous orthodoxy that is Christologically centred, pneumatologically animated, and deeply open to the undomesticated transcendence of God. This is a theological vision well worth exploring.
— Mike Higton, Durham University
Discerning that the Christological labours of Dietrich Bonhoeffer and Hans Frei are congenial and complimentary to one another, Boniface’s engaging study marshals them together in defence of a better account of divine transcendence on the other side of modern critiques. That this can be done not in spite of but rather precisely by way of close Christological reasoning is the wager of the argument. The book makes a most welcome contribution to key debates in contemporary theology.
— Philip G. Ziegler, University of Aberdeen
In this carefully argued and wide-ranging study, Tim Boniface skillfully weaves together themes of particularity, transcendence, Christology, and ecclesiology. The volume makes contributions to the study of Christology, to the theological reception of Frei and Bonhoeffer, and to the larger question of how the church can conduct itself with both integrity and generosity.
— Karen Kilby, Durham University
This is a brilliantly fresh and insightful look at two unusual twentieth century theologians. On the basis of a very thorough reading of their work, Tim Boniface shows how Frei and Bonhoeffer open a way beyond the sterile oppositions of liberalism and conservatism in theology, especially in theology about the person of Jesus Christ. A work of real and timely importance, which deserves a very wide readership.
— Rowan Williams, University of Cambridge