Reading Bonhoeffer: His Life, Theology, and Relevance for Today
Many people are familiar with Dietrich Bonhoeffer as a hero of the resistance movement against the Nazis during World War II. Far less recognized are the deep theological convictions that grounded and fueled his resistance. This course provides an introduction to the life and thought of one of the twentieth century’s most intriguing theologians. In his knowing, being, and doing, Bonhoeffer demonstrates the crucial interplay between biblical faith in Jesus Christ, theological reflection, Christian community, and decisive action within one’s historical context. We will observe how these mutually enriching elements continually shaped Bonhoeffer’s identity and existence as a theologian, pastor, and agent of political change. This will lead us to consider the significant contemporary implications of Bonhoeffer’s life and theology for Christian spiritual formation, public witness, political engagement, and the identity and mission of the church in contemporary postmodern culture.
Patrick Franklin holds degrees from McMaster Divinity College (PhD), Regent College (ThM), Tyndale Seminary (MDiv), and Wilfrid Laurier University (BA). Prior to his recent appointment at Providence as Assistant Professor Theology & Ethics, Patrick served as pastor of teaching and mentoring at King’s Community Church in Oakville, ON. His primary theological interests are in Trinitarian theology, ecclesiology, ethics, and theology of culture. An experienced pastor, Patrick has a passion for doing and teaching theology as a life giving practice for the church. His doctoral work explored the relationship between theological anthropology and ecclesiology, as a way of clarifying and integrating the nature, purpose, and mission of the church. Patrick is married to Elena Franklin and together they parent three children. In his down time, he enjoys music, film, food, ultimate frisbee, and occasionally fishing (as long as he can bring a book).
Location: Providence Seminary Campus, Otterburne, Manitoba
Contact: Patrick Franklin
10 College Crescent
Otterburne, Manitoba, Canada, R0A 1G0
Phone: (204) 433-7488 or (800) 668-7768
Fax: (204) 433-7158
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