Dietrich Bonhoeffer: Theologian and Resister

In 1931, Dietrich Bonhoeffer was already considered one of Germany’s most prominent pastors and theologians.

As early as 1930, candidates for ordination were embracing Hitler’s emerging anti-Semitism and the new German Reich Church.

Bonhoeffer began training pastors in support of the Confessing Church, a movement resisting Nazi influence on German Protestant churches. He taught seminarians and wrote, “The Cost of Discipleship,” which guided Christians on how to live according to Jesus’s teachings in the Gospels.

The book included reflections on the Sermon on the Mount from the Gospel of Matthew, and has become a classic of Christian theology.

Bonhoeffer eventually joined the resistance movement, and was ultimately imprisoned for his role in a plot to assassinate Hitler. On April 9, 1945, a month before the war ended, Bonhoeffer was executed.

Share

More Book Minute Features

August 19, 2019

Hieroglyphic Bibles

Millions of Bibles are published each year for children — in all sizes, shapes and colors — in a variety of translations. But perhaps none are more in...
August 12, 2019

Wycliffe Translators Origins

In 1917, a missionary named William Cameron Townsend went to Guatemala to sell Spanish Bibles. He was shocked when many people couldn’t understand the...
August 05, 2019

Five Presidential Birthdays

Five former US presidents have birthdays in August, with the oldest being Benjamin Harrison, followed by Herbert Hoover, Lyndon Johnson, Bill Clinton...