Bonhoeffer writing to his friend eberhardt bethge after the failed pilot to kill hitler in 1944
Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1906-1945) was a Christian theologian, a church leader, and a courageous opponent of Nazism in Germany, executed shortly before the end of the Second World War for his role in the plot to assassinate Hitler. Successive generations have been inspired by Bonhoeffer’s commitment to thinking through what Christianity means today, and to making the connections between Christian faith and responsible political action.
“I should like to speak of God not on the boundaries but at the centre”. (Bonhoeffer, Letters and Papers from Prison)
In a secular time – what Bonhoeffer described as a world “come of age” – his vision and practice challenges us not to keep Christianity in the box labelled “religion”, but to think through what it means to affirm and practice faith in all spheres of life. His critiques of “cheap grace” and of the various failures of the churches of his day to confront structures of oppression – together with his call to a practice of discipleship that starts from “the perspective of those who suffer” – speak powerfully to a world in which Christianity often still makes peace with injustice.