Remembering Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Remembering Dietrich Bonhoeffer

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“Who stands fast? Only the man whose final standard is not his reason, his principles, his conscience, his freedom, or his virtue, but who is ready to sacrifice all this when he is called to obedient and responsible action in faith and in exclusive allegiance to God- the responsible man, who tries to make his whole life an answer to the question and call of God. Where are these responsible people?” – Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Letters and Papers from Prison

Dietrich Bonhoeffer was a German pastor who was executed by the Nazis on April 9, 1945 for his staunch resistance to the Nazi dictatorship, including vocal opposition to Hitler’s euthanasia program and genocidal persecution of the Jews.  Bonhoeffer was arrested in April 1943 by the Gestapo, imprisoned at a Nazi concentration camp for nearly two years, and after a very brief, biased trial with other plotters as the Nazi regime collapsed, executed by hanging on April 9, 1945, just two weeks before Allied forces liberated the camp and three weeks before Hitler’s suicide.

His writings on Christianity’s role in the secular world have become widely influential, and his book The Cost of Discipleship became a modern classic.

 

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