Dietrich Bonhoeffer

It is a pity that today Dietrich Bonhoeffer is solely seen as a member of resistance against the Nazis. The main aim of his life was the reformation of the German Evangelical Church. Bonhoeffer’s conspiracy was a consequence of his Christian discipleship and part of it, but conspiracy had not been the first aim of his life. The public perceives Bonhoeffer more and more solely as an agent, but that is wrong. The Third Reich is over, but the problems of the Church are still present. To solve the problems of the Church, we must focus on Bonhoeffer in his quality as theologian and Christian.

Bonhoeffer offers a lot of solutions for many problems. The works, he left behind, are a real treasure. I want to recommend his book “The Cost of Discipleship”, which is one of the best books, I know. 

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5 Responses to Dietrich Bonhoeffer

  1. Conway Todhunter says:

    I agree that the focus should be in his efforts to reform the church. As an American I can see Christians, particularly on the “religious right”, focusing on Bonhoeffer’s resistance to the regime becuae that where they wish to place their focus. the focus should rather be on personal discipleship and building a healthy and biblical church. I am convinced that Hitler’s rise to power was aided by an impotent and wayward church. The Church should and can engage the culture, but American Christians need to realize that the key is not political potency, but a spiritual potency that goes beyond just believing the “right” way about a few “hot button” issues.

    Regards,
    Conway

    • Dear Mr. Todhunter,

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      Most kind regards, Yours Rainer Braendlein (Munich, Germany)

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