The Battle for Bonhoeffer
The Battle for Bonhoeffer  -     By: Stephen R. Haynes
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Examining populist readings of the martyred German pastor, a recognized Bonhoeffer scholar offers an incisive and clarifying perspective. In nine chapters, Haynes addresses "American Bonhoeffers"; Metaxas's biography and its effects; appropriation of the theologian by Presidents Bush, Obama, and Trump; and the "Bonhoeffer moments" of Southern Baptists, liberals, evangelicals, and others. 208 pages, softcover from Eerdmans.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 208
Vendor: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.
Publication Date: 2018
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0802876013
ISBN-13: 9780802876010

Publisher's Description

The figure of Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1906–1945) has become a clay puppet in modern American politics. Secular, radical, liberal, and evangelical interpreters variously shape and mold the martyr’s legacy to suit their own pet agendas.

Stephen Haynes offers an incisive and clarifying perspective. A recognized Bonhoeffer expert, Haynes examines "populist" readings of Bonhoeffer, including the acclaimed biography by Eric Metaxas, Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy. In his analysis Haynes treats, among other things, the November 2016 election of Donald Trump and the "Bonhoeffer moment" announced by evangelicals in response to the US Supreme Court’s 2015 decision to legalize same-sex marriage.

The Battle for Bonhoeffer includes an open letter from Haynes pointedly addressing Christians who still support Trump. Bonhoeffer’s legacy matters. Haynes redeems the life and the man.

Author Bio


Stephen R. Haynes is professor of religious studies at Rhodes College and theologian-in-residence at Idlewild Presbyterian Church in Memphis, Tennessee. The coauthor of Bonhoeffer for Armchair Theologians, he has also written articles about Bonhoeffer and American culture for the Huffington Post and the Christian Century.

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