After working for seven years at a church in Boston, Massachusetts, Joseph McGarry attended Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and earned an MA in Theology and an MA in Church History. He is currently researching the theology of Dietrich Bonhoeffer as a PhD candidate in systematic theology at the University of Aberdeen. Active in Bonhoeffer studies as well as theologies of spiritual formation, McGarry is researching Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s theology of formation in Christ, with a particular interest in the relationship between the ethical life of the church and Christian formation. He lives in Aberdeen, Scotland with his wife Katrina and sons Duncan and Ewan, and he eats haggis whenever he can.
Why should Christians study Bonhoeffer?
“Bonhoeffer brings a level of sophistication to the conversation and a level of depth,” says Dr. Joseph McGarry, a Dietrich Bonhoeffer scholar. Bonhoeffer builds off a much deeper theological foundation than some of the other writings that we might read. His focus is not on the words of the prophets or even the words of Jesus, but in the life and death of Jesus, on His sacrifice and resurrection. “Christian responsibility is rooted in the vicarious representative action of Jesus Christ.”
Joseph McGarry :: What is a good theology of Justice?
We are called by God to “take responsibility for those of the margins, and that is part and parcel to understanding what it means to be the faithful people of God,” says Dr. Joseph McGarry, a Dietrich Bonhoeffer scholar. Understanding a good theology of justice is intimately connected with understanding how God calls His people to live. “The people of God are the kind of people who uphold justice here and now in the world.”
Joseph McGarry :: What is the importance of a theological education?
“A theological education, when done well, helps you speak well and help others to think well after God,” describes Dr. Joseph McGarry, Dietrich Bonheoffer scholar. It is important to think after God so that we might better proclaim His word and will to those who have not heard it or understood it. A theological education done well is valuable “so that a watching world knows that God lives and God loves by the way in which we live here and now as the church.”