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PDF, EPUB, MOBI, TXT, DOC Strange Glory: A Life of Dietrich Bonhoeffer In the decades since his execution by the Nazis in Dietrich Bonhoeffer the German pastor theologian and anti Hitler conspirator has become one of the most widely read and inspiring Christian thinkers of our time Now drawing on extensive new research i Strange Glory i offers a definitive account by turns majestic and intimate of this modern icon .
The scion of a grand family that rarely went to church Dietrich decided as a thirteen year old to become a theologian By twenty one the rather snobbish and awkward young man had already written a dissertation hailed by Karl Barth as a theological miracle But it was only the first step in a lifelong effort to recover an authentic and orthodox Christianity from the dilutions of liberal Protestantism and the modern idolatries of blood and nation which forces had left the German church completely helpless against the onslaught of Nazism .
From the start Bonhoeffer insisted that the essence of Christianity was not its abstract precepts but the concrete reality of the shared life in Christ In his search for that true fellowship led Bonhoeffer to America for ten fateful months in the company of social reformers Harlem churchmen and public intellectuals Energized by the lived faith he had seen he would now begin to make what he later saw as his definitive turn from the phraseological to the real He went home with renewed vocation and took up ministry among Berlin s downtrodden while trying to find his place in the hoary academic establishment increasingly captive to nationalist fervor .
With the rise of Hitler however Bonhoeffer s journey took yet another turn The German church was Nazified along with every other state sponsored institution But it was the Nuremberg laws that set Bonhoeffer s earthly life on an ineluctable path toward destruction His denunciation of the race statutes as heresy and his insistence on the church s moral obligation to defend all victims of state violence regardless of race or religion alienated him from what would become the Reich church and even some fellow resistors Soon the twenty seven year old pastor was one of the most conspicuous dissidents in Germany He would carry on subverting the regime and bearing Christian witness whether in the pastorate he assumed in London the Pomeranian monastery he established to train dissenting ministers or in the worldwide ecumenical movement Increasingly though Bonhoeffer would find himself a voice crying in the wilderness until finally he understood that true moral responsibility obliged him to commit treason for which he would pay with his life .
Charles Marsh brings Bonhoeffer to life in his full complexity for the first time With a keen understanding of the multifaceted writings often misunderstood as well as the imperfect man behind the saintly image here is a nuanced exhilarating and often heartrending portrait that lays bare Bonhoeffer s flaws and inner torment as well as the friendships and the faith that sustained and finally redeemed him i Strange Glory i is a momentous achievement