By Martin E. Marty
For fascination, impression, thought, and controversy, Dietrich Bonhoeffer's Letters and Papers from legal is unrivaled via the other e-book of Christian mirrored image written within the 20th century. A Lutheran pastor and theologian, Bonhoeffer spent years in Nazi prisons ahead of being performed at age thirty-nine, only a month ahead of the German hand over, for his function within the plot to kill Hitler. The posthumous Letters and Papers from legal has had an incredible impression on either Christian and secular inspiration because it was once first released in 1951, and has helped determine Bonhoeffer's recognition as essentially the most very important Protestant thinkers of the 20th century. during this, the 1st heritage of the book's impressive international occupation, nationwide publication Award-winning writer Martin Marty tells how and why Letters and Papers from felony has been learn and utilized in such dramatically alternative ways, from the chilly struggle to today.
In his past due letters, Bonhoeffer raised tantalizing questions about the function of Christianity and the church in an more and more secular global. Marty tells the tale of ways, within the Nineteen Sixties and the next a long time, those provocative rules stirred quite a lot of thinkers and activists, together with civil rights and antiapartheid campaigners, "death-of-God" theologians, and East German Marxists.
In the method of tracing the eventful and contested heritage of Bonhoeffer's publication, Marty offers a compelling new point of view on non secular and secular lifestyles within the postwar period.
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I never have had much ability as a soul winner, but I’ve done it. When I was first saved, I did it all of the time—night and day and day and night. Duties have come along, however, and they take up time. Other things come up, and you get bottled in. I’ll tell you what I can do that God can have—I can draw. God has it. If I can play a tuba and make a fool out of myself for Christ, I’ll do it. If I can blow my harmonica before a bunch of children, I’ll do it. I don’t care what you or your grandmother thinks.
That stuff is all through there—English with English, Scripture with Scripture. It’s in there. You can get it. The thing is folks just don’t read it. The precious stones are the people that you have led to Christ. ” When the prodigal son came home, the old man said, “Put a ring on his finger”—a birthstone. When you are born again, you have a birthday, and you are like a precious stone in God’s sight. What does that mean? That means that the people that you lead to Christ are your stones, and they are precious stones in a crown.
He stirred his coffee, picked up the cup, and dropped dead of a heart attack. Now, don’t you go that way. If you are saved, don’t go home empty-handed. Win someone to Christ.
Dietrich Bonhoeffer's Letters and Papers from Prison: A Biography (Lives of Great Religious Books) by Martin E. Marty