|On April 26th, 2010 the Christianbook.com Academic blog interviewed author Eric Metaxas about his new biography on German theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer.
As Adolf Hitler and the Nazi's seduced a nation, bullied a continent,
and attempted the extermination of European Jews, a small number of
dissidents and saboteurs worked to dismantle the Third Reich from the
inside. One of these was Dietrich Bonhoeffer, was pastor and theologian
Widely known as the author of the classic works, The Cost of Discipleship, Life Together and, arguably, some of the most important theological works of the 20th century including Act & Being, Sanctorum Communio and Ethics, he is also known as for his 1945 execution in a concentration camp for attempting to assassinate Hitler.
Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy
is the first fully comprehensive biography of Bonhoeffer in more than
40 years. Written by best-selling NY Times author Eric Metaxes, he
presents both sides of Bonhoeffer's life, as theologian and as
conspirator drawing them together to tell a searing story of incredible
moral courage in the face of monstrous evil.
Presenting a deeply
moving narrative, using previously unavailable documents-including
personal letters, detailed journal entries, and first-hand personal
accounts, Metaxas reveals dimensions of Bonhoeffer's life and theology
never before revealed. Furthermore, Metaxas presents the fullest accounting
of Bonhoeffer's heart-wrenching 1939 decision to leave the safety of
America for the lion's den of Hitler's Germany, and using extended
excerpts from love letters and coded messages written to and from
Bonhoeffer's Cell 92, we are allowed to see for the first time the full
story of Bonhoeffer's passionate and tragic romance.
gives witness to the extraordinary faith of an incredible human being,
while also illuminating the tortured fate of a nation he sought to
deliver from the evil tyranny of National Socialism, and its political
party, the Nazi party. The reader will come face to face with a man
determine to do the will of God radically, courageously, and even to
the point of death.
Join us for our interview with Eric Metaxas as we engage his biography, and discuss the most important questions about his efforts, including his claims that Bonhoeffer is both a martyr and a prophet--and not a pacifist. Academic blog on April 26th, 2010.