Bonhoeffer and the future of Public Theology in South Africa. The on-going quest for life together.

  • Koopman Nico
Keywords: Bonhoeffer, Public Theology, Life Together, Anthropology, Christology, Interpathy, Publieke Teologie, Lewe saam, Antropologie, Christologie, Interpatie


This article discusses the meaning of the theology of Dietrich Bonheoffer for Public Theology in South Africa. It specifically discusses the meaning of Bonhoeffer for the public quest for life together in churches and a society that hunger for a joint journey towards a life of dignity for all, justice for all, freedom for all. Bonhoeffer’s own emphasis on life together is discussed with reference to his emphasis on life together as a Trinitarian gift, and his Christological and ecclesiological understanding of human beings and life together. Directives for the concrete practice of life together are inferred from Bonhoeffer’s work by specifically discussing his own commitment to a life of interpathy, and his thinking about morally acceptable compromises in our quest to advance life together.