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The ethics of the penultimate in a situation of ambiguity : a possible and relevant interpretation of Bonhoeffer in Brazil today

dc.contributor.authorVon Sinner, R.en_ZA
dc.date.accessioned2017-11-14T09:03:40Z
dc.date.available2017-11-14T09:03:40Z
dc.date.issued2016
dc.identifier.citationVon Sinner, R. 2016. The ethics of the penultimate in a situation of ambiguity : a possible and relevant interpretation of Bonhoeffer in Brazil today. Stellenbosch Theological Journal, 2(2):77–91, doi:10.17570/stj.2016.v2n2.a04
dc.identifier.issn2413-9467 (online)
dc.identifier.issn2413-9459 (print)
dc.identifier.otherdoi:10.17570/stj.2016.v2n2.a04
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10019.1/102481
dc.descriptionCITATION: Von Sinner, R. 2016. The ethics of the penultimate in a situation of ambiguity : a possible and relevant interpretation of Bonhoeffer in Brazil today. Stellenbosch Theological Journal, 2(2):77–91, doi:10.17570/stj.2016.v2n2.a04.
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dc.description.abstractThis article explores Bonhoeffer’s ethics of the penultimate in view of his poem “Christians and heathens” in dialogue with the Brazilian movie “God is Brazilian”, a picture of reality in North-eastern Brazil with all its ambiguities, including religious ambiguities. While religion seeks God´s help and in one way or another receives it, the real difference between Christians and heathens is that the former stand by God in God’s suffering as represented in human suffering. Bonhoeffer realized that in the penultimate there cannot be purity in real life. Latin American theologians Rubem Alves and Jon Sobrino, among others, followed the same line. For them as for Bonhoeffer, God is not a deus ex machina to fill in the gaps left by humans, but a God who is effective right in the centre and indeed the entirety of life. God is, then, present right in the midst of the ambiguities of life, in clear contrast with contemporary tendencies to shun such ambiguity.en_ZA
dc.description.urihttp://ojs.reformedjournals.co.za/index.php/stj/article/view/1377
dc.format.extent15 pages
dc.language.isoen_ZAen_ZA
dc.publisherPieter de Waal Neethling Trust
dc.subjectDietrich Bonhoefferen_ZA
dc.titleThe ethics of the penultimate in a situation of ambiguity : a possible and relevant interpretation of Bonhoeffer in Brazil todayen_ZA
dc.typeArticleen_ZA
dc.description.versionPublisher's version
dc.rights.holderPieter de Waal Neethling Trust


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