Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1906-1945) was born in Breslau, Germany, on February 4, 1906. He received his Doctorate in Theology from Berlin University and lectured in the theological faculty during the early thirties. He was ordained as a Lutheran pastor in 1931 and served two Lutheran congregations in Sydenham and London. It was during this time that Bonhoeffer noted the life-and-death struggle for the church in Germany. This struggle centered around the national church (supported by the Nazi regime) and the confessing church. He continually opposed national Socialism and was recruited into the resistance of 1940. He began to see that Hitler needed to be removed, so he joined other high ranking military officials in a plan to assassinate Hitler. The plot was discovered, and Bonhoeffer spent the rest of his life in prison (imprisonment in the spring 1943). Eventually this led to his death by hanging at the Flossenburg concentration camp on April 9, 1945.

The letters he wrote during these final two years of his life were posthumously published by his student and friend, Eberhard Bethge, as Letters and Papers from Prison.




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Books by Dietrich Bonhoeffer

83850: The Cost of DiscipleshipThe Cost of Discipleship
By Dietrich Bonhoeffer

The Cost of Discipleship compels the reader to face himself and God in any situation. Bonhoffer speaks of "Cheap Grace", grace from preaching of forgiveness without requiring repentance, baptism without church discipline, communion without confession. "Cheap Grace" is grace without discipleship. "Costly Grace" is the gospel which must be sought again and again, the gift which must be asked for, the door at which a man must knock. "It's costly because it costs a man his life, and it is grace because it gives a man the only true life."


83910: EthicsEthics
By Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Bonhoeffer writes about Christians and the world we live in, a world of government, politics, labor, and marriage. We do not "live in a vacuum", therefore, we must have concrete instruction in a concrete situation. He sees no division between church , family, labor, and government. We are re- sponsible before God in the world he made and we have re- sponsibilities for the institutions of that world. This book is recognized as a major contribution to Christian ethics.


650044: Christmas with Dietrich BonhoefferChristmas with Dietrich Bonhoeffer
By Dietrich Bonhoeffer

During each advent season, we seek for new and meaningful ways to prepare our hearts for the coming of the Christ. In an elegant compilation of works by Dietrich Bonhoeffer you'll sense the depth of his understanding of the incarnation, and on each artful page you can meditate for personal enrichment in "the wordless silence of adoration".


7121: Christ the CenterChrist the Center
By Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Christ the Center reveals Bonhoeffer's deep, firm roots in Christian doctrine, and it relates that doctrine to twentieth-century decisions every Christian must face. This study is an important addition to Christological thought and a clear guide to how we are to believe and act in the uncertainty of the times.


6614390: Psalms: The Prayerbook of the BiblePsalms
By Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Dietrich Bonhoeffer shares one of his secrets behind the powerful witness of his own life. He had learned to pray the Psalms and from them drew on the power of God in his years of imprisonment. In this introduction Bonhoeffer discusses the various types of Psalms and how they can be used to enrich our prayer life.


3988X: Reflections on the Bible: Human Word and Word of GodReflections on the Bible
By Dietrich Bonhoeffer, translated by M. Eugene Boring

Never before published in English! This newly translated compilation offers meditations, essays, and personal statements about the Bible that span Bonhoeffer's entire career. Here is the Reformation doctrine of sola Scriptura as depicted by one of the 20th century's most powerful proponents.


7153: Life Together:  The Classic Exploration of Faith in CommunityLife Together
By Dietrich Bonhoeffer

After his martyrdom at the hands of the Gestapo in 1945, Dietrich Bonhoeffer continued his witness in the hearts of Christians around the world. In his book Life Together we learn of Pastor Bonhoeffer's experience within Christian community. This story of a unique fellowship in an underground seminary during the Nazi years reads like one of Paul's letters. It gives practical advice on how life together in Christ can be sustained in families and groups. The role of personal prayer, worship in common, everyday work, and Christian service is treated in simple, almost biblical, words.


0618742: Spiritual CareSpiritual Care
By Dietrich Bonhoeffer

In Bonhoeffer's book he provides a theological base for pastoral theology, but he offers advice on many familiar ministerial tasks, such as conducting baptisms, funerals and weddings. It is a mine of wisdom and detailed practical advice on how to exercise spiritual care.


38273: Letters & Papers from PrisonLetters & Papers from Prison
By Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Bonhoeffer's letters show his daily concerns and the enormous warmth and humanity of the young German pastor who was executed by the Nazis in 1945 for his part in the "officers' plot." References to Bonhoeffer's fiancee and their plans for marriage, omitted in earlier editions, are now included as is her recent article containing excerpts from his personal letters. Letters from Bonhoeffer's parents, brothers, sisters, and other relatives have been added. The book also contains hitherto inaccessible letters and legal papers referring to Bonhoeffer's trial, a reminiscence of Karl-Friedrich Bonhoeffer of the time spent in prison by members of his family, and a new introduction by Dietrich Bonhoeffer's close friend Eberhard Bethge.


34801: Who is Christ for Us?Who is Christ for Us?
By Dietrich Bonhoeffer

In the summer of 1933, Dietrich Bonhoeffer delivered powerful lectures that insisted Christians encounter Jesus Christ as a living person today, as well as in history and church life. Formulated in the face of the new Nazi regime, a decisive moment in Bonhoeffer's own commitment to the Confessing Church, his words drew attention to the living Christ as always the humiliated "man for others," the lodestar of Christian commitment and service.


83164: Conspiracy and Imprisonment, 1940-1945: Dietrich Bonhoeffer WorksConspiracy and Imprisonment, 1940-1945
By Dietrich Bonhoeffer, edited by Lisa E. Dahill

Bonhoeffer's letters from prison represent his final theological legacy. They contain such well-known but difficult-to-pin-down phrases as "religionless Christianity" and "god of the gaps." Now we have the definitive translation of these important works, along with additional never before published material.


83232: Creation and Fall - DBW, Vol. 3 - paperback editionCreation and Fall
By Dietrich Bonhoeffer; John W. Degruchy, ed.

Dietrich Bonhoeffer's classic Creation and Fall originated in lectures given by him at the University of Berlin in the winter semester of 1932-33 during the demise of the Weimar Republic and the birth of the Third Reich. In the course of these events, Bonhoeffer called his students to focus their attention on the Word of God as the word of truth in a time of turmoil.


68304: DiscipleshipDiscipleship
By Dietrich Bonhoeffer; Geffrey Kelly et al., eds.

Freshly translated from the German critical edition, this volume of Bonhoeffer's interpretation of the Sermon on the Mount provides a more accurate rendering of the original text; includes extensive study aids and commentary to clarify the theological meaning and social context of what it means to follow Jesus in modern-even dangerous- times.


57550: Meditations on the CrossMeditations on the Cross
By Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Never before translated into English! As both an evangelical and an ecumenist, Bonhoeffer had an abiding interest in ethics, world peace, community, and racial justice. These searching sermons and letters focus on his pre-eminent theme---"Only a suffering God can help."


011843: Meditating on the WordMeditating on the Word
By Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Back in print after a decade, this collection of Dietrich Bonhoeffer's writings, sermons, and letters on meditation reveals his deep love for the Bible as a focus for his prayer life and a support in his courageous political life.


0683013: Sanctorum CommunioSanctorum Communio
By Dietrich Bonhoeffer; Clifford Green, ed.

Here, for the first time in English, is Sancto Communio in its entirety, including all material omitted from the original 1930 German publication. Bonhoeffer's doctoral dissertion sets out the theology of sociality that informed all his work, engaging social philosophy and sociology to interpret the church as "Christ existing as church-community." Here are the roots of his commitment to the Confessing Church and the ecumenical movement, and of his actions in the resistance movement for the sake of peace and Germany's future.


683072: Fiction from Tegel PrisonFiction from Tegel Prison
By Dietrich Bonhoeffer; Clifford Green, ed.

Writing fiction - an incomplete drama, a novel fragment, and a short story - occupied much of Bonhoeffer's first year in Tegel prison, as well as writing to his family and his fiancee, and dealing with his interrogation. This book discloses a great deal of Bonhoeffer's family context, social world, and cultural milieu. Events from his life are recounted in a way that illuminate his theology. Characters and situations that represent Nazi types and attitudes became a form of social criticism and help to explain Bonhoeffer's participation in the resistance movement and the plot to kill Hitler.

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