Notes from a Wayfarer: The Autobiography of Helmut Thielicke

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Helmut Thielicke was one of the most read and most listened to theologians of our time. In Notes From a Wayfarer, written shortly after his 75th birthday, Thielicke sets forth his memoirs from a long and full life. Without pretense or self-promotion, Thielicke introduces us to the figures whom he counted among his friends and acquaintances: Karl Barth, Konrad Adenauer, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Dwight Eisenhower, Helmut Kohl, and Jimmy Carter. Thielicke was, moreover, a witness to many of the most significant events ...
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Helmut Thielicke was one of the most read and most listened to theologians of our time. In Notes From a Wayfarer, written shortly after his 75th birthday, Thielicke sets forth his memoirs from a long and full life. Without pretense or self-promotion, Thielicke introduces us to the figures whom he counted among his friends and acquaintances: Karl Barth, Konrad Adenauer, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Dwight Eisenhower, Helmut Kohl, and Jimmy Carter. Thielicke was, moreover, a witness to many of the most significant events of our century; his life history is interwoven with the Kaiser period, the Weimar Republic, the rise of the Third Reich, a divided Germany, and the tumultuous 60s. From the perspective of this single life we are afforded a broad and clear vision of the moments that have shaped the generation leading us into the 21st century.

Helmut Thielicke was one of the most read and most listened to theologians of our time. Like few other theologians, he repeatedly came down from the ivory tower of academic religion in order to build bridges between church and world, between gospel and society. In this work, written shortly after his 75th birthday, Thielicke sets forth his memoirs from a long and full life.

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Steve Schroeder
Thielicke's memoir, originally published in German in 1984 (two years before the author's death), is an engaging reminder of why Thielicke's appeal consistently cut across theological and ideological lines. Even at his most conservative, Thielicke created moments of dialogue with a radical student movement of which he was steadfastly critical. Even at his most radical, he affirmed the concept of a fatherland and criticized those most publicly identified with denazification in postwar Germany. Not surprisingly, those same qualities account for his self-description as a "wayfarer" and are reflected in a life of critical engagement that was never confined to merely academic theology. Thielicke's account of his life is a theological document as well as a window on German history from before World War I to the Weimar Republic, to the rise of Nazism, to the reconstruction of Germany after the war, to the student revolt of the 1960s.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781557787088
  • Publisher: Paragon House Publishers
  • Publication date: 4/21/1998
  • Edition description: 1st U.S. ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 416
  • Sales rank: 1,369,235
  • Product dimensions: 6.27 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 1.55 (d)

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