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Dialogic Confession: Bonhoeffer's Rhetoric of Responsibility
by Ronald C. Arnett
foreword by Clifford Christians
Southern Illinois University Press, 2005
Paper: 978-0-8093-2641-9 | eISBN: 978-0-8093-8836-3
Library of Congress Classification BJ1231.A76 2005
Dewey Decimal Classification 230.044092


In this landmark volume of contemporary communication theory, Ronald C. Arnett applies the metaphor of dialogic confession—which enables historical moments to be addressed from a confessed standpoint and through a communicative lens—to the works of German theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer, who pointed to an era of postmodern difference with his notion of "a world come of age." Arnett’s interpretations of Bonhoeffer’s life and scholarship in contention with Nazi dominance offer implications for a dialogic confession that engages the complexity of postmodern narrative contention.

Rooted in classical theory, the field of communication ethics is abstract and arguably outmoded. In Dialogic Confession: Bonhoeffer’s Rhetoric of Responsibility, Arnett locates cross-cultural and comparative anchors that not only bring legitimacy and relevance to the field but also develop a conceptual framework that will advance and inspire future scholarship.

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