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Dietrich Bonhoeffer died a martyr’s death at the age of 39 but remains one of the most influential and challenging theologians of our time. His writings teach us the value of cross-centered theology, and his courageous actions against the Nazi regime compel us to consider the cost of discipleship. From Bonhoeffer we learn that the Christian life is lived both alone and together, and that there is a stark difference between cheap and costly grace.
With insight, clarity, and wisdom, Stephen Nichols guides us through the words and deeds of this humble yet heroic pastor, whose example shows us that the Christian’s life flows from the cross, for the world.
Stephen Nichols gives an overview of the thought of Dietrich Bonhoeffer. Nichols' sunmmary is that "life is lived in Christ, in community, in love". Because of Bonhoeffer's death at the hands of the Nazis, many try to claim him, but Nichols makes the case that Bonhoeffer was evangelical, at least by German standards, by showing the need for grace and faith. His writings on the Cost of Discipleship and Life Together were reactions to the nominalism of much of German Protestantism at the time. The only weakness of the book is the lack of a biographical sketch to set the context: biographical details came up as various themes were considered, but it was quite confusing. Also on p191 it says Bonhoeffer was born in Berlin. He was actually born in Breslau (now Wrocław in Poland).
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