Most of us think we know the moving story of Dietrich Bonhoeffer's life--a pacifist pastor turns anti-Hitler conspirator due to horrors encountered during World War II--but does the evidence really support this prevailing view? This pioneering work carefully examines the biographical and textual evidence and finds no support for the theory that Bonhoeffer abandoned his ethic of discipleship and was involved in plots to assassinate Hitler. In fact, Bonhoeffer consistently affirmed a strong stance of peacemaking from 1932 to the end of his life, and his commitment to peace was integrated with his theology as a whole. The book includes a foreword by Stanley Hauerwas.
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About the Author
Mark Thiessen Nation (PhD, Fuller Theological Seminary) is professor of theology at Eastern Mennonite Seminary. He has authored several books, including John Howard Yoder: Mennonite Patience, Evangelical Witness, Catholic Convictions.
Table of ContentsContents
Foreword by Stanley Hauerwas
Part 1: Bonhoeffer's Biography Reconsidered
1. "Pacifist and Enemy of the State"
2. Seeking a "Legitimate Christian Means" of Fighting Hitler
3. Dietrich Bonhoeffer, the Assassin?
Part 2: The Development of Bonhoeffer's Theological Ethics
4. Dietrich Bonhoeffer's Amoral Ethics: "An Extremely Awkward Undertaking" Never Again Attempted
5. Obedience to Jesus Christ: Narrating God's Command in Bonhoeffer's Discipleship
6. The Penultimate and the Ultimate: Negotiating the Discipleship Tradition in Ethics
7. "Everyone Who Acts Responsibly Becomes Guilty": Contested Themes in Ethics