Monday, February 28, 2011

Bonhoeffer the assassin?

From Eastern Mennonite University, 1200 Park Rd, Harrisonburg, VA 22802, USA
The face of an assassin?
Check out my theology prof, Mark Thiessen Nation, who has been hard at work with a few colleagues, debunking the myth of Dietrich Bonhoeffer's involvement in the plots to assassinate Hitler in WWII.

Dietrich Bonhoeffer the Assassin? Challenging a Myth, Recovering Costly Grace by Mark Thiessen Nation

  • contrary to the prevailing assumptions, Dietrich Bonhoeffer was not arrested, imprisoned or executed because of involvement in plots to kill Hitler
  • it is more accurate to say that he was arrested, imprisoned and executed because of the grace-filled, costly discipleship about which he wrote and which he consistently lived from 1932 to his death on April 9, 1945

Attendance at this university lecture last Wednesday was high, and the response has been pretty positive. I've heard and read Mark's thoughts on this in a few different places so it wasn't all news to me, but it's certainly worth listening to if you're interested in Christian pacifism, theology, and history.  Sadly, I didn't get to stick around for the whole thing, as I was running out the door to my grandfather's funeral proceedings in Iowa (at which I delivered a tweaked version of my last post, a eulogy for him).

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