Book Discussion: Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy

June 24, 2010: Best-selling author Eric Metaxas discussed his new biography of Dietrich Bonhoeffer. A Lutheran Pastor, Bonhoeffer reacted to an early Nazi edict to ban anyone of Jewish descent from government employment by challenging the legitimacy of such “un-Christian” behavior in an essay entitled “The Church and the Jewish Question.” Bonhoeffer’s Christian faith coincided with his belief in responsible social action, and ultimately with his resort to violence. In 1943 Bonhoeffer was arrested as being part of a failed attempt to assassinate Hitler. Two years later he was executed.

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