Letters and Papers from Prison // Dietrich Bonhoeffer (Complied by Eberhard Bethge)

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On the 25th anniversary of Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s death, Eberhard Bethge, a most treasured and beloved confidant, expanded and revised the numerous letters Bonhoeffer wrote and received. The depth and breadth of Dietrich’s subject matters include the public and private responsibilities of both the Christian and the Church, the importance and demands of the Christian community, the inhumanity of imprisonment, the preciousness of the gospel of Jesus, and the love he shares with his betrothed, parents, friends, and family. Dietrich towers as a modern theological giant, able to both decipher protestant liberalism and construct perceptive, Christocentric ethics. Dietrich Bonhoeffer is a mere man, which he often tries to remind himself (I believe he assumes his intellectual prowess), but even this “mere-ness” is cherished because of Jesus Christ:

“But the truth is that if this earth was good enough for the man Jesus Christ, if such a man as Jesus lived, then, and only then, has life a meaning for us” (391).

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