Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy by Eric Metaxas

By Eric Metaxas

From the New York Times bestselling writer of Amazing Grace, a groundbreaking biography of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, one of many maximum heroes of the 20th century, the guy who stood as much as Hitler.

A definitive, deeply relocating narrative, Bonhoeffer is a narrative of ethical braveness within the face of the mammoth evil that was once Nazism.

After gaining knowledge of the fireplace of precise religion in a Harlem church, Bonhoeffer lower back to Germany and have become one of many first to talk out opposed to Hitler. As a double-agent, he joined the plot to assassinate the Fuhrer, and was once hanged in Flossenberg focus camp at age 39. for the reason that his loss of life, Bonhoeffer has grown to be the most attention-grabbing, advanced figures of the 20 th century.

Bonhoeffer offers a profoundly orthodox Christian theologian whose religion led him to boldly confront the best evil of the 20 th century, and uncovers never-before-revealed proof, together with the tale of his passionate romance.

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Between the spring of 1675 and the summer of 1676 scores of New England towns were burned, their inhabitants attacked and killed. When King Philip himself was killed in August 1676, hostilities came to a rapid conclusion. Shortly thereafter New Englanders began to produce histories of the war, trying to understand what had happened and why. One of the first came from the pen of Increase Mather. Mather’s account painted a portrait of the violence unleashed on both sides: for Mather, New England had been both a recipient of God’s violence, delivered by the Wampanoags, and an agent of divinely sanctioned violence inflicted upon the natives.

Ibid. See also Charles Kimball, When Religion Becomes Evil: Five Warning Signs (New York: HarperCollins, 2002); Charles Selengut, Sacred Fury: Understanding Religious Violence, 2d ed. (2004; reprint, Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield, 2008). 10. William T. Cavanaugh’s The Myth of Religious Violence: Secular Ideology and the Roots of Modern Conflict (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009) is essential reading for those interested in these issues. 11. Talal Asad, Genealogies of Religion: Discipline and Reasons of Power in Christianity and Islam (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1993).

God’s choice to use Indians as agents of violence was not arbitrary.

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