This was my first introduction to Bonhoeffer and I regret not meeting him some other way. Let me start with the easiest. This book is has wit, insight, history, theology, and thought-provoking reading for any person of faith. Bonhoeffer was an amazing person, a devout and humble Christian and a resource for us still today through his writings. The Boenhoeffer family is utterly remarkable, and in a way that is almost non-existent in the modern world.
He saw great evil in Hitler and his crew, even before Hitler came to power. Metaxas places Boenhoeffer's legacy firmly in the halls of confessing Christians, perhaps casting the anachronistic evangelical characterization on him. En esta biografía de gran éxito en la lista de New York Time, Eric Matexas toma ambas tendencias de la vida de Bonhoeffer el teólogo y el espia y las une en una dolorosa historia de increíble valor moral frente a la monstruosa maldad. In saner times we would have seen him marry, raise children, write more books on philosophy and theology, grow old teaching and holding services for his flock. The authorities that exist have been established by God. Bonhoeffer while starting down this road had a powerful change of direction and poured his life and heart into knowing the incarnate Christ and rightfully positioning The Church.
Notes: Translation of: Bonhoeffer : pastor, martyr, prophet, spy : a righteous gentile vs. What would you do if your faith could cost you your life? If you have any real plans of someday reading it then stop here. And thank you Dietrich Bonhoeffer for living it. He was already a theologian at this point and had done church work. Metaxas' prose, in contrast, can be quite colorful in terms of the comparisons and descriptions used, and he makes no bones about being passionate towards the subject.
Klaus Bonhoeffer was executed by gunshot on April 25, 1945. Maybe I'm making it sound worse than it is. The Nazis murdered him while his former fellow Lutherans, the German nationla established church, adopted Nazi liturgy and caved. The good pastor, though, may have disagreed with them. And even atheists helped Jewish individuals escape. Then I was wary when I learned that Metaxas is the 'founder and host' of a philosophy reading group for crazy-rich, conservative New Yorkers. Maria, for lack of experience and any real face-to-face interaction with B, has to devote herself to imagining a brilliant wedded future with a man she barely knows.
Metaxas seems to go to great pains to not only honor the ecumenical legacy of Boenhoeffer, but to exercise the same ecumenicity himself in this book. It is futile, because the swine do not recognize the pearls that are cast before them, and dangerous, because it profanes the world of forgiveness. Sometimes in reading the Cost of Discipleship, I found I could read a single line and stop. I will be honest it scares me to see the many positive reviews of this book, as it contains numerous historical errors, not to mention it grossly oversimplifies Bonhoeffer's theology. He had wanted to visit India and talk to Mahatma Gandhi.
While comfort and hope and the promise of love is to be expected of someone languishing in prison, I found that particular letter of his -- quoted at length in the book -- to be particularly disturbing, packed with manipulations masquerading as love. Side observation: Karl Barth does not come off looking so good. I recommend this book with 10 stars. His brilliance as a theologian brought him to England and America where he developed ties which would later become outlets to the world for Bonhoeffer's revelation of Hitler's atrocities against the disabled, his political opponents and the Jewish populations of Germany and all of Europe. At first I was very sympathetic to the idea of killing Hitler, but I'm not entirely comfortable with the idea after reflecting upon it more. A Goodreads reviewer complained that too much historical context is provided, but I personally did not have that feeling at all; I found the focus to be quite steadily on Bonhoeffer, with reference to the events around him confined to what's necessary for understanding his own role and reactions. One might suspect this to be a product of the time, but her mother was adamantly against the match, and mandated that they wait a year before moving forward with their wedding plans.
Despite Eric Metaxas's best attempts, I don't think Bonhoeffer would be a card-carrying Republican, but he has a profound love for Jesus as saviour and redeemer, which is usually seen as central to conservative theology today. This is not academic writing for professional scholars, but for general readers; it does not employ the very dry, objective, precise and colorless mode of writing academics use in writing to each other and which I wrote in as a college and graduate student, so I'm quite familiar with it. There's even mention of receiving praise from the actress who played Alice on The Brady Bunch. Where was God in all this? The events as they actually occurred make a lot more sense if God does not exist. Hitler should have been killed as soon as possible. ~ But what of the courageous members of the Resistance who were atheist or non-Christian and didn't have the hope for an afterlife with God? Bonhoeffer's theological thought is treated intelligibly, in the context of the events and experiences of his life in which it took shape. Yet he embraced both, clearly stating and boldly living the things he taught.
He justified his actions as defensive measures to protectionist. I'm skipping over quite a bit here, and will sum up Bonhoeffer's take on Christianity in the U. The traditional Deutsche Christians did not realize that Hitler intended to abolish the church when the time came. Be careful what you wish for. These actually seem to be quite good for their purpose, aiming to elicit individual thought and serious group discussion rather than to cut it off by suggesting canned answers.
It's the last thing in the book, but it confirmed a lot of what I'd been suspecting. I think you will find this an excellent read. Are you so in love with the Word of God that you will stand against the popular, acceptable claims as to what it means. The Failed Church - The church in Germany split and yet both parts failed. While not finished with the book, I have already ordered it from amazon. Book 1: How Did Hitler Happen? Throughout this meticulous study, Metaxas reveals Bonhoeffer's innermost thoughts through careful selections from his letters and his best known writings. He shares Bonhoeffer's own post-hoc justifications about how you can be in the right, yet on the losing side.
It's the same problem I have with depictions of Jesus as essentially untroubled. It's the kind of resumé that starts employers howling. What struck me at this reading was how Bonhoeffer's family was privy to so much that was happening in the German government so far ahead of when the average German seemed to find out. Second, Metaxas adores his subject too much. He himself was conflicted on his own involvement: he was tempted to serve the war effort for his country, and yet could not swear allegiance to Hitler. Metaxas is a decent writer and he has written a much needed popular biography of Bonhoeffer.