Dietrich Bonhoeffer on Black Friday
I did end up making a purchase today — Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy. Informing my decision to buy this book were the facts that Barnes & Noble, Inc. was selling the book at half-price, that Archbishop Charles Joseph Chaput, O.F.M. Cap.'s exhortation to read the book was quoted on the cover, and that I find myself a bit bored by The Rogue Republic: How Would-Be Patriots Waged the Shortest Revolution in American History, which deals with quirky but rather roguish characters, unlike the fascinating and unquestionably heroic Dietrich Bonhoeffer. One only has time to read so much.
From the old blog, the author of the biography was quited as saying his subject "was extremely pro-Catholic and much of his own theology was specifically formed by Catholicism" — Dietrich Bonhoeffer and Catholicism. More:
- The theologian's 1923 trip to Rome “was extremely important,” the author noted. “He eagerly attended Mass every day … and he bought a missal and was deeply taken with what he saw and experienced.”
“It was nothing less than life-changing for him. At St. Peter's that Palm Sunday he saw celebrants on the altar from every race and color and for the first time in his life he thought about the church universal, beyond the parochial borders of German Lutheranism.”
“This caused him to ask the larger question: 'What is the church?'” Metaxas explained. “He would spend the rest of his life answering that question. It was the subject of both his doctoral dissertations and it was what ultimately caused him to stand up against the Nazis who were trying to define the church on their own terms.”