Dietrich Bonhoeffer: Christian Humanist? a Theology Seminar

Date(s) - October 23, 2019
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Trinity Western University (Northwest Auditorium)

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Join us for a symposium on Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s theology, presented by Dr. Jens Zimmermann.
This event is free and open to the public. Register today.

Becoming Truly Human?

“Well-known Bonhoeffer scholar, Jens Zimmermann presents Bonhoeffer’s theological ethos as a Christian humanism—that is, as rooted in apostolic and patristic writers who believed the gospel to be God’s renewal of humanity in the incarnation. The essence of Bonhoeffer’s Christianity that unifies and motivates his theological writing, his preaching, and his political convictions, including his opposition to the Nazi regime, is the conviction that Christianity as participation in the new humanity established by Christ is all about becoming fully human by becoming Christlike.”

—taken from Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s Christian Humanism by Jens Zimmermann

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Presented by Dr. Jens Zimmermann, PhD

Visiting Professor of Philosophy, Literature and Theology, Regent College
Canada Research Professor in Interpretation, Religion, and Culture, Trinity Western University

Dr. Zimmermann was born and raised in Germany. He studied at the University of British Columbia, earning his first PhD in Comparative Literature in 1997. He taught at UBC briefly before moving on to Trinity Western, where he has been for the past seventeen years, holding the Canada Research Chair of Interpretation, Religion and Culture from 2006-2016. In 2010, Jens earned a second PhD in Philosophy from the Johannes Gutenberg University, Mainz, Germany. He was announced as Visiting Professor of Philosophy, Literature and Theology at Regent College in 2016.

Dr. Zimmermann has authored numerous books, including,  Re-Envisioning Christian Humanism: Education and the Restoration of Humanity (Oxford UP, 2016), Hermeneutics: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford, 2015), and Humanism and Religion: A Call for the Renewal of Western Culture (Oxford, 2012). His latest book is Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s Christian Humanism (Oxford UP, 2019).

Moderated by Dr. Craig Allert, PhD
Professor of Religious Studies and History, Director of MA in Biblical Studies and Christian Thought, Trinity Western University

Dr. Allert has published journal articles in the area of New Testament canon studies and bibliology. He is the author of Revelation, Truth, Canon, and Interpretation (Brill Academic Pub, 2002) and Early Christian Readings of Genesis One (IVP Academic, 2018).

Response by Dr. Archie Spencer, ThD
Professor of Theology, JH Pickford Distinguished Chair of Theology, ACTS Seminaries of Trinity Western University

Dr. Spencer has developed an international reputation as a scholar, speaker and theologian; including Catholic circles where he has developed an ecumenical dialogue with the lay movement, “Communion and Liberation”, and the Italian Theologian, Luigi Giussani. Dr. Spencer is the author of The Analogy of Faith: The Quest for God’s Speakability (InterVarsity Academic, 2015), Clearing a Space for Human Action: Ethical Ontology in the Theology of Karl Barth (Peter Lang Publishing Inc., 2003), as well as numerous articles and reviews.

Response by Dr. Ross Hastings, PhD
Sangwoo Youtong Chee Professor of Theology, Regent College

Dr. Hastings is the Sangwoo Youtong Chee Professor of Theology at Regent College where he teaches theology, ethics, theology and science, and pastoral theology. He has two earned Ph.D.s, one in organometallic chemistry at Queen’s University (ON), and the other, in theology at St. Andrews University, in his native Scotland. Ross has published many articles and the following books: Missional God, Missional Church: Hope for Re-evangelizing the West (IVP Acad., 2012), The Life of God in Jonathan Edwards: towards an evangelical theology of participation (Fortress, 2015), Where Do Broken Hearts Go? An integrative, participational theology of grief (Cascade, 2016), Echoes of Coinherence: Trinitarian theology and science in conversation (Cascade Press, 2017) and Total Atonement: Trinitarian Participation in the Reconciliation of Humanity and Creation (Rowman and Littlefield/Fortress Acad;/Lexington Books, Oct. 15, 2019). Dr. Hastings has also preached in many churches in the UK, Canada, the USA, and various countries in Africa and Asia.

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