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Geffrey B. Kelly is Professor of Systematic Theology at La Salle University and former Chairperson of the Department of Religion there. He completed his doctoral studies Summa cum Laude at the University of Louvain, Belgium, and holds three masters degrees: in religious studies from La Salle College; in modern languages from Villanova University; and in catechetical theology from Lumen Vitae, Brussels, Belgium. A preeminent Bonhoeffer scholar, Kelly has published 12 books, including five books on the theology and spirituality of Dietrich Bonhoeffer. These include the critically acclaimed Liberating Faith: Bonhoeffer’s Message for Today, A Testament to Freedom: the Essential Writings of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, and The Cost of Moral Leadership: the Spirituality of Dietrich Bonhoeffer. In addition he edited new translations and provided the critical apparatus for two of Bonhoeffer’s Spiritual Classics, Discipleship (formerly The Cost of Discipleship), and Life Together, for the Dietrich Bonhoeffer Works English Edition Series published by Fortress Press.
In 1995 Kelly was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters from North Park University and Theological Seminary for his research and writings on the theology and spirituality of Dietrich Bonhoeffer. His publications also include a book and several essays on the theology of Karl Rahner, a Jesuit theologian often referred to as the “Thomas Aquinas of the 20th Century.” Kelly has also authored the critically acclaimed book on the spirituality of health care, Is There a God in Health Care? – Toward a New Spirituality of Medicine. Kelly has won three teaching awards, and has been honored with the Distinguished Scholar Award. After serving for 18 years as Secretary-Treasurer of the International Bonhoeffer Society: English Language Section, Kelly was elected to two terms as the society’s President from 1992 until 2000. His latest book is titled Reading Bonhoeffer: A Guide to His Spiritual Classics and Selected Writings on Peace, published in 2009.