This volume in the ever-popular W. J. K. Armchair series turns its sights on contemporary theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1906–1945). Born in Breslau, Germany, Bonhoeffer led quite an intriguing life. This book, with dozens of illustrations by artist Ron Hill, highlights Bonhoeffer’s background and theological education; his time at Union Seminary in New York City; his involvement in the resistance movement against Adolf Hitler; and his participation in the plot to assassinate Hitler.
“The most difficult theological pronouncements, Bonhoeffer wrote at the time, were worthless if they could not be explained to children.” (Page 14)
“its theological crux is the statement that ‘only the believer is obedient and only those who are obedient believe.’” (Page 44)
“Christ is not the bringer of a new religion, but the bringer of God.’” (Page 16)
“Christ exists as community.’ As the congregation gathers and experiences together God’s grace in word, sacrament, and service, the church as community becomes the presence of Christ in the world.” (Page 78)
“Life under cheap grace, in fact, does not differ from life under sin; there is no following after Christ because cheap grace justifies the sin without transforming the sinner.” (Page 104)
Stephen R. Haynes is professor of religious studies at Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee. He is the author of The Bonhoeffer Phenomenon: Portraits of a Protestant Saint and The Bonhoeffer Legacy: Post-Holocaust Perspectives.
Lori Brandt Hale is associate professor of religion and director of general education at Augsburg College in St. Paul, Minnesota.