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Karl, German psychiatrist, 1868-1948. See: Bonhoeffer sign.
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The author details the adventures of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, a German Resistance spy working to kill Hitler and destroy the Nazi party.
Bonhoeffer writes, quoting Jesus, '"Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.'" (5) He then explains who the meek are: "This community of strangers possesses no inherent right of its own to protect its members in the world, nor do they claim such rights, for they are meek." (6) Bonhoeffer believes the meek must act peacefully when treated violently and must not "go to law" to defend their legal rights.
Many readers will be struck--perhaps even somewhat exhausted--by the chronicle not only of writings on subjects embracing reconciliation, a theology of ministry, Calvin, a Reformed theology of liberation, restorative justice, as well as more Bonhoeffer, but also of the seemingly endless travels and visits to lecture on every continent and in just about every major university in the world.
Bonhoeffer flatly stated in his renowned treatise on Christian ethics: "Abortion is murder." His mentor, Karl Barth, likewise affirmed in his Church Dogmatics that "deliberate abortion is irrefutably seen to be sin, murder and transgression."
Beginning with the halcyon days of Bonhoeffer's youth, Charles Marsh's scrupulously written biography opens with his undergraduate and graduate studies and the influence of his mentors, including Karl Barth and Reinhold Niebuhr.
This volume of the Dietrich Bonhoeffer Works contains three major sections, each of which includes work that originally appeared between 1931-1932.
Yet while the book offers a valuable historical assessment of the conspiracies against Hitler and an insightful analysis of Bonhoeffer's ethical framework at various stages of his life, labeling it "revolutionary" is an overstatement for two reasons: some of its arguments are not as convincing as they need to be and others, while persuasive, cover ground already addressed by Bonhoeffer scholars.
Robinson's interpretation of the life and writings of Dietrich Bonhoeffer provides a model for doing so and, in turn, offers a way to understand Ames's commitment to this-worldly transcendence.
In reflecting upon his book, Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy, (2010) Eric Metaxas said: "For the first time Bonhoeffer saw the gospel preached and lived out in obedience to God's commands.
Bonhoeffer's status as a cultural icon and his popularity can get in the way of assessing his thought.
He might well have drawn on Bonhoeffer's insight, which Barth later adopted, that the image of God in creation is not in the person but in the relation between the self and the other: "In the image of God created he them."