“The ultimate test of a moral society is the kind of world that it leaves to its children.”
~ Dietrich Bonhoeffer
Herr Dietrich Bonhoeffer was born on February 4, 1906 in Germany. He was a Lutheran pastor, theologian and an anti-nazi. His views and beliefs of the role of the Christian religion in a secular world has influenced many around the world. He also opposed Nazism and upon learning about the brutal and heinous crimes committed by the Nazis, he concluded that “the ultimate question for a responsible man to ask is not how he is to extricate himself heroically from the affair, but how the coming generation shall continue to live”.
Pastor Bonhoeffer was imprisoned at Konzentrationslager Flossenbürg (Flossenburg concentration camp in the region of Bavaria in Germany). He was condemned to death on April 8, 1945 for his anti-Nazi views and for his involvement in the conspiracy to kill Adolf Hitler. The following day, he was stripped of his clothing and led naked into the execution yard, where he was hanged from a thin wire. Pastor Bonhoeffer breathed his last on April 9, 1945.
The camp doctor who witnessed the execution wrote: “I saw Pastor Bonhoeffer… kneeling on the floor praying fervently to God. I was most deeply moved by the way this lovable man prayed, so devout and so certain that God heard his prayer. At the place of execution, he again said a short prayer and then climbed the few steps to the gallows, brave and composed. His death ensued after a few seconds. In the almost fifty years that I worked as a doctor, I have hardly ever seen a man die so entirely submissive to the will of God.”
Excellent book ~ Dietrich Bonhoeffer: A Biography by Eberhard Bethge.
- The Collected Sermons of Dietrich Bonhoeffer — A Review (bobcornwall.com)
- “Who Am I” by Dietrich Bonhoeffer (abqfr8dawg.wordpress.com)
- Book Review (actually, video) Bonhoeffer – Agent of Grace (Gateway Films, Vision Video) (instrument-rated-theology.com)
- Pastor martyred in fight against evil (wnd.com)
- Too Rare: (brothersjuddblog.com)
- Book Review – Ethics (Dietrich Bonhoeffer) (instrument-rated-theology.com)
- The Tragedy of Dietrich Bonhoeffer and Hans von Dohnanyi (nybooks.com)
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