[This post was originally written immediately after 2017’s Alt-Right march on Charlottesville and failed to get picked up for publication. It is posted here in observation of his birthday, February 4, 1906. The work is heavily reliant upon Charles Marsh’s Strange Glory: A Life of Dietrich Bonhoeffer. ] It is at Charlottesville and for the […]
In the early hours of this morning at Tegel Prison, Dietrich Bonhoeffer was led to the gallows among Nazi guards and hanged until he was dead. It was not Palm Sunday seventy-two years ago. In fact, Easter fell on April Fool’s Day in 1945. Today, Jesus is led into the streets among joyful revelers that will […]
I wrote this after I could no longer watch the returns of Election Night, so it’s a bit of a panicking paroxysm, but given the state of affairs, I think I’m allowed it. Two nights ago, I started a post about the fact that with a Trump victory, the United States would be entering a […]
Sixty-one years ago today, at Tegel Prison in Flossenbürg, Germany, Nazi guards hanged Dietrich Bonhoeffer. Two weeks later, the Soviets would liberate the prison. This is the last poem he wrote, found in his cell. “By the Powers of Good” With every power for good to stay and guide me, Comforted and inspired beyond all fear, I’ll […]
Innumerable times a whole Christine community has broken down because it had sprung from a wish dream [Wunschtraum]. The serious Christian, set down for the first time in a Christian community, is likely to bring with him a very definite idea of what Christian life together should be and to try to realize it. But […]
Tomorrow, our Theology Circle gathers to start discussing Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s Life Together (Gemeinsames Leben). If you’re in NYC, come join us. Details are below. I picked LT because it is a very modern, positive exploration of what intentional Christian community can look like and an exploration of what fellowship is. It is a small, accessible […]
Happy birthday, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, my old friend. Today, you are 107.