Eberhard Bethge, his best friend, writes, "As a martyr he testifies to God's 'no'—Christ cannot endorse slave holders in brutal societies. And he testifies to God's 'yes' to people who are victims of false imperial gods." Dietrich Bonhoeffer's actions and writings attest to his beliefs that true grace is costly and true Christianity brings a voice to the voiceless. You will learn the foundations of his Christocentric theology and encounter the many sacrifices he made for the cause of justice in this newly reprinted, must-read issue of Christian History & Biography.

By the time of his arrest, Bonhoeffer's life had become an ever-twisting journey in which he had been moved to action by that "view from below." His life took him from a comfortable teaching post at the university to the isolated leadership of a minority opposition within his church and against his government. He moved from the safety of a refuge abroad to the dangerous life of a conspirator. He descended from the privileges of clergy and the respect accorded a noble family to his harsh imprisonment and eventual death as a traitor to his country.

  • Selections from Bonhoeffer’s writings
  • Bonhoeffer’s theology
  • Resisting the Nazis
  • Friends in America at Union Theological Seminary
  • Eberhard Bethge’s reflections on Bonhoeffer

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