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Perry Smith

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Dietrich Bonhoeffer

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Letters and Papers from Prison by Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Eberhard Bethge This page is the first in a section containing links and information about people that I feel are worthy of note and should not be forgotten for their contributions to the world. One interesting attribute of people that have left a significant mark on history is that their works and actions not only influenced the world of the past, but also effect the present as well. A classic example of the type of person I am referring to is Dietrich Bonhoeffer.

Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1906-45), was a German Lutheran theologian who was an outspoken opponent of Adolf Hitler and the Nazi regime during their rise to power in 1933. Bonhoeffer joined the Confessing Church, which resisted the Nazi attempt to impose anti-Semitism on the church and society. Leaving Berlin in protest, he spent two years (1933-35) as pastor of German-speaking congregations in London. Called back to Germany in 1935, Bonhoeffer became director of a seminary of the Confessing Church at Finkenwald, Pomerania. This "illegal" enterprise was eventually closed by the Gestapo; after the start of World War II, Bonhoeffer joined in the political resistance to Hitler that led to his imprisonment in April 1943 in Berlin and his death by hanging at the Nazi concentration camp at Flössenberg on April 9, 1945.

Bonhoeffer is important for his ecumenism, his efforts toward world peace, and his firm belief in the need for a reinterpretation of Christianity for the modern secular world.

One very interesting point made by a theologian I recently encountered is that Bonhoeffer is to be taken seriously because he lived his life the way that he taught life should be lived. In my opinion, when that life was lived for the good of all, such a person should not be forgotten.

Bonhoeffer's Main Works
bulletSanctorum Communio (1927)
bulletAct and Being (1930)
bulletCreation and Fall (1932-1933)
bulletThe Cost of Discipleship (1937)
bulletLife Together (1938)
bulletPrayerbook of the Bible (1940)
bulletEthics (1943)
bulletLetters and Papers from Prison (1944)
bulletFiction from Tegel Prison (1944)

Collections of Bonhoeffer's (Other) Writings
bulletNo Rusty Swords
bulletThe Way To Freedom
bulletTrue Patriotism
bulletA Testament to Freedom: The Essential Writings of Dietrich Bonhoeffer
bulletDietrich Bonhoeffer: Witness to Jesus Christ
bulletLove Letters from Prison Cell 92