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Sixth Annual WFPS Conference
October 14-15, 2011
The Sixth Annual Western Fellowship of Professors and Scholars will be held in Manhattan, KS on October 14-15, 2011, Friday afternoon through Saturday early afternoon. This is a preliminary call for papers and presentations.
This year’s theme is: Discipleship and Freedom: Bonhoeffer Then and Now. Dr. Christiane Tietz Professor of Systematic Theology & Social Ethics at the University of Mainz, Germany will be our keynote speaker.
Dr. Tietz is a leading scholar of the life and theology of Dietrich Bonhoeffer. She has served as an editor of the Bonhoeffer yearbook, chairperson of the International Bonhoeffer Society, and director of the International Bonhoeffer Congress.
This is a preliminary call for papers and presentations. As usual, papers will be accepted on a wide range of topics that have a bearing on the practice and understanding of the Christian faith, whether they are closely related to the conference theme or not. Works-in-progress and interdisciplinary projects are welcome. Papers dealing with technical matters should be presented in a way that is accessible to an educated and interested audience who may not have specialized training in technical fields.
I plan to be there to present a paper!
Below is a re-post of blog when the movie first hit the theaters.
Valkyrie’s Forgotten Man: Dietrich Bonhoeffer
The film Valkyrie claims to tell the story of the ‘July 20’ plot to assassinate Adolf Hitler. Prior to its release I spent some time watching trailers for the film on YouTube. Among the promotional clips was a featurette describing the conspirators in the plot.
One name was missing: Dietrich Bonhoeffer.
Rodney Clapp has written an excellent about Bonhoeffer‘s love for nicotine…
This summer I reread Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s Letters and Papers from Prison in Fortress Press’s extraordinary new edition of his collected works. Letters and Papers remains almost endlessly suggestive and stimulating theologically. But in this reading I noticed how often the imprisoned Lutheran pastor mentioned tobacco. There are, in fact, no fewer than 20 entries in the index under “Smoking.”
“I am very grateful for any smoking supplies,” Bonhoeffer mentions in one letter. In another he adds his “special thanks for the smoking supplies and to all the kind donors of cigarettes,” and elsewhere he offers gratitude for “cookies, peaches, and cigarettes.”
Bonhoeffer often reinforces his gratitude with superlatives and exclamation points. “Maria’s and Mother’s cigarettes were magnificent,” he writes. “I thank Anna very much for the cigarettes.” And: “I thank you very much for everything, also for the cigars and cigarettes from your trip!” He praises a Wolf cigar for its “magical fragrance” and on another occasion declares, “I’ve lit the big cigar and am enjoying it immensely—thanks very much!” When his dear friend Eberhard Bethge delivers a cigar sent by Karl Barth, Bonhoeffer finds it so fine that he staggers at its “truly improbable reality.”