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Strange Glory: A Life of Dietrich Bonhoeffer

By Charles Marsh

Winner, Christianity Today 2015 e-book Award in History/Biography

Shortlisted for the PEN/Jacqueline Bograd Weld Award for Biography

In the a long time seeing that his execution via the Nazis in 1945, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, the German pastor, theologian, and anti-Hitler conspirator, has develop into the most commonly learn and encouraging Christian thinkers of our time. With unheard of archival entry and definitive scope, Charles Marsh captures the lifetime of this amazing guy who sought for the goodness in his faith opposed to the backdrop of a gradually darkening Europe. From his extraordinary scholar days in Berlin to his transformative sojourn in the United States, throughout Harlem to the Jim Crow South, and eventually once more to Germany the place he was once known as to a ministry for the downtrodden, we stick with Bonhoeffer on his look for precise fellowship and realize the advance of his teachings at the shared existence in Christ. We witness his growing to be convictions and theological ideals, culminating in his vocal denunciation of Germany’s remedy of the Jews that might placed him on a crash direction with Hitler. Bringing to existence for the 1st time this complicated human being—his mammoth flaws, internal torment, the friendships and the religion that sustained and eventually redeemed him—Strange Glory is a momentous fulfillment.

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In that “unique illumination” of lanterns and torches, as a breeze stirred the cover over the bishop, and everybody knelt in the church and out of doors, Bonhoeffer had an intimation of paradise. seventy three “Corpus Christi lasts 8 days, so I’m hoping to work out more,” wrote the unusual Lutheran. seventy four He may say that he felt as though “a theology of … spring and summer time” have been changing “the Berlin iciness theology. ”75 For the pageantry of solar and sea and spangled sky defined a brand new sight view. at some point, status on his balcony, it happened to him that he had cause to doubt “whether Barth can have written in Spain.

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17. From Franz Hildebrandt, in ibid. , pp. 247–48. 18. Ibid. , p. 246. 19. Ibid. , p. 266. 20. Ibid. , pp. 266, 309–10. 21. Ibid. , pp. 309–10. Alexis de Tocqueville states, “The american citizens, having admitted the relevant doctrines of the Christian faith with no inquiry, are obliged to just accept in like demeanour various ethical truths originating in it and hooked up with it. ” Democracy in the USA, p. five. there's no indication that Bonhoeffer had learn Tocqueville’s landmark research. 22. pointed out in eco-friendly, “Editor’s creation to the English Edition,” p.

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