Their elevated level of culture seems to have pulled them through incredible trauma. The problem is our spiritual enrichment is based on truth, and therefore I found myself more disturbed than edified. Unlike some Goodreads reviewers, however, I don't think Metaxas' prose style deserves ridicule. But when a state violated the prior order established by God, as the Nazis had clearly done, what should a Christian do? He joined the German resistance against Hitler and his Nazi cohorts. Also, Metaxas portrays an image of Bonhoeffer reading the Bible every single day of his life, even though Bonhoeffer admitted this to be untrue in one of his letters. What gives an individual the courage to act as Bonhoeffer did? Bonhoeffer was a powerful voice for good in many ways.
Only when convictions are absolutely secure, this line of reasoning concludes, can we know what to do, and have the courage to do it. Many similarities in the moral character of both Wilberforce and Bonhoeffer. He's certainly a good writer who did his homework more on that in a moment , but I've read some Bonhoeffer—and he just didn't quite speak the language of evangelical Protestantism like Metaxas seems to assume. This is an unlikely and hard to believe portrayal of Boenhoeffer, as he was nothing of the sort, growing up in Lutheran Germany in the wake of the higher criticism and liberal theology. But for an open-minded and critical history nerd who just wants to read a decent b I saw early on what Metaxas was trying to do here but stuck with it.
Please note that the tricks or techniques listed in this pdf are either fictional or claimed to work by its creator. Bonhoeffer was a serious, rigorous man and one whose story is deservedly told and remembered. This is why the British were not interested. Both of these works contain ideas that would cause most evangelicals to cringe or worse. The author's language can get a little dramatic even incendiary at times. He had gone to the United States twice, and during the second time concerned friends had urged him to stay since the Gestapo was already hot on his heels. One challenge of listening to the audiobook was tolerating the lengthy sermon-excerpts that Metaxas offers.
Metaxas, then, has presented us with a sanitized Bonhoeffer fit for evangelical audiences. The books account of Bonhoeffer's thoughts and concerns the struggle he has before he moves in that direction. He was more than just a theologian or writer, or part of an assassination plot. More problematic, however, is a flat, one-dimensional portrait of a diabolical Hitler, who serves as a perfect foil for Bonhoeffer. Sept 2014 As excellent on the 3rd reading as it was on the first 2.
Otherwise you end up with a statue of a savior, as magnificent and unfeeling as bronze. Of the 8 children that Karl and Paula Bonhoeffer had, three of their 4 sons died in war. I enjoyed the flow of his narrative, though the attempt to cram the historical record--kicking and screaming if necessary--into the ideological categories of contemporary politics was troubling and a bit distracting at times. I would be less than honest if I did not admit that bringing this man—and his intransigence on all the important questions of our time—so vividly to life raises awkward questions for the liberalism in which I put my own faith. Where was God in all this? Metaxas did a good job pulling Bonhoeffer out of the boxes that he is often put into.
A anti-Nazi activist, Bonhoeffer believed… recounts the life of Lutheran pastor and author Dietrich Bonhoeffer 1906-1945. It is important to note in this context that there is no simple relationship between faith and courage. Are you passionate about God's Church, to the point of standing against a tyrannical church-state partnership that wishes to redefine what you believe? Bonhoeffer has a lot to say and whether a Christian holds with all his insights or not they are still worth reading. Yet, I will humbly acknowledge that I haven't read his full discourse on the matter and weighed it against scripture. Eric Metaxas has written a rich, detailed, and beautiful account of the great pastor and theologian who gave us The Cost of Discipleship and sacrificed his life for opposing Hitler. He left us a great legacy of faith.
I would agree with that statement. Eric Metaxas discussed his book at the Central Queens Y in Forest Hills, New York. But be careful what you read it for. The reason why I picked up this book was because I knew something about Bonhoeffer, but what I learned caused me to realize just how little I really knew. This is a brilliantly written biography of a true Christian hero, martyr, and saint--if Lutherans canonized saints, Dietrich Bonhoeffer would be among the first, although he would deny that he deserved it.
So I'm worried that I missed a lot. A mixture of science, logic, discipline and devotion were daily presences in the Bonhoeffer home. Someone said that Eric Metaxas has done for Bonhoeffer what David McCullough has done done for This is an absolutely amazing book about a man who truly was a pastor, a martyr and a prophet. In sum, Bonhoeffer, although not without problems, is a welcome volume as long as the audience is well informed and discerning. The world needs more like him. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for rulers do not bear the sword for no reason. Several attempts to kill Hitler fell short of their ultimate goal, with one of them the Valkyrie Plot coming closest but ultimately failing.
Bonhoeffer was an amazing person, a devout and humble Christian and a resource for us still today through his writings. Metaxas cannot help but editorialize, and I suspect he has done a fair amount of pruning and white washing to let his own hagiographic take on Bonhoeffer's life and ideas shine through. Unfortunately, many found capitulation and inaction more convenient than martyrdom. Metaxas read enough about Bonhoeffer's life to get many facts right about the events of Bonhoeffer's life. And on an even rarer occasion, a book about real people does the same.
Riverside still stands, while Broadway Presbyterian opted to keep its gay pastor in 1994, is currently led by a woman, and is guided by a mission statement welcoming people of all races, ethnicities, and sexual orientations, and committing itself to the promotion of a just society. There are so many small decisions and moments where Dietrich might have been freed, or could have escaped, and it is frustrating to see his inevitable fate approach. I have always been curious about Dietrich Bonhoeffer. He worked, even from prison, on the plot to assassinate Hitler. The first is that he has a very shaky grasp of the political, theological, and ecumenical history of the period.