Champion of Freedom: Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Champion of Freedom: Dietrich Bonhoeffer

by Michael Martin
     
 

Dietrich Bonhoeffer had strived to discern God's will since his youth. After earning his doctorate in 1927 and spending several years preaching, teaching, and studying in Europe and America, he returned to Berlin in the summer of 1931. As a university lecturer in theology and a pastor, he quickly climbed the ranks of church leadership in Germany and eventually

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Dietrich Bonhoeffer had strived to discern God's will since his youth. After earning his doctorate in 1927 and spending several years preaching, teaching, and studying in Europe and America, he returned to Berlin in the summer of 1931. As a university lecturer in theology and a pastor, he quickly climbed the ranks of church leadership in Germany and eventually found himself leading a fierce struggle to oppose the Nazis's anti-Christian policies.

Bonhoeffer's anti-Nazi stance caught the attention of the German Resistance. His family had connections in high-level circles, and he obtained a position in the Abwehr, Germany's military intelligence agency. Acting as a double agent, he joined the Resistance and became complicit in the conspiracy to assassinate Adolf Hitler, the Nazi leader and dictator of Germany. After successive assassination attempts failed, Bonhoeffer's cover was broken. Along with the other conspirators, he was implicated, imprisoned, and executed as an enemy of the state-a mere two weeks before Hitler took his own life and the war ended.

Bonhoeffer sensed God's role in all of this. His life took different turns along the way, yet his faith remained unwavering at each turn. His story is one of action, of ideas in motion, and still today his life baffles and inspires people of all faiths from across the world.

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Editorial Reviews

VOYA - Hilary Crew
Individuals who have dedicated their lives to fighting for freedom and democracy are celebrated in this biographical series. The series is notable not only for the in-depth coverage of each individual's life, but also for the detailed analysis of the historical and political contexts in which each fought against injustice and tyranny at great personal cost. There is little written for young people on Bonhoeffer who was executed by the Nazis in 1945. Martin does an excellent job of placing Bonhoeffer, a theologian, in the context of Nazi Germany and the complexity of church politics. He clearly delineates, for example, Bonhoeffer's evolving ideas about the church's role and the practice of Christianity, and his conviction that National Socialism was the antithesis of Christianity. The author charts the subject's resistance work in detail. Martin provides accounts of Bonhoeffer's work to establish Christian institutions in opposition to the Reich-controlled church and of his work as a "double agent" in German military intelligence. This well-researched book contains quotes from speeches and other sources. The Champion of Freedom series provides excellent biographies in which interesting and complex material is presented with clarity in a way that illuminates each individual. (Champion of Freedom) Reviewer: Hilary Crew

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781599351698
Publisher:
Morgan Reynolds, Incorporated
Publication date:
11/10/2011
Series:
Champion of Freedom Series
Pages:
144
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

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