Dietrich Bonhoeffer's "Letters and Papers from Prison": A Biography (Lives of Great Religious Books)

Dietrich Bonhoeffer's "Letters and Papers from Prison": A Biography (Lives of Great Religious Books)

Martin E Marty


For fascination, effect, idea, and controversy, Dietrich Bonhoeffer's Letters and Papers from Prison is unequalled through the other e-book of Christian mirrored image written within the 20th century. A Lutheran pastor and theologian, Bonhoeffer spent years in Nazi prisons sooner than being achieved at age thirty-nine, only a month prior to the German hand over, for his position within the plot to kill Hitler. The posthumous Letters and Papers from Prison has had an incredible effect on either Christian and secular inspiration because it used to be first released in 1951, and has helped identify Bonhoeffer's recognition as essentially the most vital Protestant thinkers of the 20th century. during this, the 1st heritage of the book's extraordinary international occupation, nationwide ebook Award-winning writer Martin Marty tells how and why Letters and Papers from Prison has been learn and utilized in such dramatically other ways, from the chilly battle to today.

In his overdue letters, Bonhoeffer raised tantalizing questions on the position of Christianity and the church in an more and more secular global. Marty tells the tale of ways, within the Sixties and the subsequent a long time, those provocative rules stirred a variety of thinkers and activists, together with civil rights and antiapartheid campaigners, "death-of-God" theologians, and East German Marxists.

within the strategy of tracing the eventful and contested background of Bonhoeffer's e-book, Marty presents a compelling new point of view on spiritual and secular lifestyles within the postwar era.

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