Christophe Chalamet

«All Races of Humanity of the Earth Come from One Blood» (Acts 17,26) Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s Theological Assessment of Race

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Keywords: Bonhoeffer, Race, Theology

Dietrich Bonhoeffer did not write much on «race» as such, a theme he viewed as an adiaphoron for theology, but his theological writings, starting with Sanctorum communio (1927/1930), argue for a theological anthropology which is characterised by a strong sense of universal sinfulness as well as mutual solidarity. Bonhoeffer practised these convictions during his year at Union Theological Seminary (1930-1931), where he discovered African American people, their vibrant communities, and their struggle against segregation. The article ends with a brief survey of Bonhoeffer’s stance against anti-Semitism in the earliest phase of the church struggle (Kirchenkampf).

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