Does Dietrich Bonhoeffer's Ethics have any affinities with what we have now come to call virtue ethics? If so, what is the relationship between those affinities and the more widely recognized influence of Karl Barth? Moberly seeks to answer these questions through close analysis of the Ethics and engagement with other interpreters of Bonhoeffer, while discussing the nature of virtue ethics in a Christian context. The answers may be surprising, but they are certainly rewarding for anyone wanting to better understand Bonhoeffer and to see how his work could be helpful for current ethical debates.
Endorsements & Reviews-
"Moberly's careful, instructive, and suggestive study will be of great value not only for those puzzling over the claims and coherence of Bonhoeffer's unfinished Ethics, but equally for all those interested in pursuing a theologically responsible discourse of moral virtues within Christian ethics." --Philip G. Ziegler, University of Aberdeen
"Within Christian ethics discussion of the virtues has often been conducted in isolation from the central doctrinal themes of justification and sanctification, and the language of virtue has often been thought incompatible with the language of divine command. Jennifer Moberly's highly insightful work on Bonhoeffer's ethics criticizes both of these tendencies, and draws on her fine linguistic skills and detailed knowledge of Bonhoeffer's work to demonstrate convincingly how an account of the virtues might be fully integrated into the heart of a Protestant theological ethic." --Robert Song, Durham University
Jennifer Moberly is Chaplain of St. Mary's College, Durham University, and Tutor at the Anglican seminary Cranmer Hall, St. John's College, Durham University.