Dietrich Bonhoeffer : Reality And Resistance


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Bonhoeffer’s decision to join in a plot to assassinate Hitler raises some of the most agonizing questions of our time: is it right to kill a tyrant? And, also, who is a tyrant? By examining Bonhoeffer’s work on Christology and ethics, Rasmussen (social ethics emeritus, Union Theological Seminary) brings us closer to what drove a pastor, scholar and pacifist to plan an act of ultimate resistance and to continue to work on finer points of theology while awaiting certain death in prison. Rasmussen finds Bonhoeffer’s study of his own faith and conscience was in itself complex, and that his was not a singular reaction to a singular situation but a part of his understanding of how Christians and Christianity should live. In fascinating appendices Rasmussen explores Bonhoeffer’s study of Gandhi and resistance and examines Bonhoeffer’s letters to Niebuhr. Annotation ‚àö‚Ä¢¬¨¬©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

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