The life of Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Birth
Dietrich was born in Poland to an affluent family.
Occupation
He decided to become a theologian and minister at the age of 14 against his family’s wishes.
Critical Moment
Dietrich rejected the church’s support of Nazism by creating the Confessing Church, a non-government sanctioned house church.
Seminary
He directed the seminary of the Confessing Church.
Publishing
Dietrich’s seminary was forcefully closed by the Gestapo. Later that year he published his first book, The Cost of Discipleship.
Publishing
Dietrich published his second book, Life Together.
Arrest
He was arrested for plotting Adolf Hitler’s assassination and was taken to Tegel prison.
Conspiracy
Dietrich had ties to the coup conspiracy which ultimately failed.
Death
He was hanged at the extermination camp at Flossenbürg, Germany. His last words were, “This is the end; for me, the beginning of life.”
Publishing
His Letters and Papers from Prison were published as a book.
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Books

Meet Dietrich Bonhoeffer

The effects of the Holocaust were catastrophic. Many innocent lives were lost in the onslaught of Hitler’s wake.

One notable casualty was that of Dietrich Bonhoeffer.

Bonhoeffer was born in 1906 and passed away at the young age of 39 in 1945. His 39 years were very fruitful.

He was a Lutheran pastor who used his biblical theology to unite the church against the Nazi regime.

In 1933 the German Lutheran Church supported the Nazis. Bonhoeffer knew that Nazism was not coherent with Scripture, thus he and other theologians founded the Confessing Church against Nazism.

Bonhoeffer’s actions united the church in the 20th century; furthermore his writings continue to unite believers in the 21st century. Life Together, Ethics, and The Cost of Discipleship are among his critically acclaimed books.

Bonhoeffer’s faith in Christ is evident in his writings despite his terrible circumstances. He was hanged for opposing the Nazi regime.

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