Saturday, November 3, 2012

The Faith of Dietrich Bonhoeffer

This is a fascinating talk about how Dietrich Bonhoeffer developed his personal faith:

  • Bonhoeffer came from an amazing family.
  • Bonhoeffer's family was the foundation of his faith.
  • Bonhoeffer got his Phd. at 21; he split Atoms with Einstein
  • Spent a year in New York City during 1930/31, where he was active in a black church; seeing such faithful Christianity in pre-Civil Rights black America caused him to deepen his faith.
  • Upon his return to Germany, Bonhoeffer started saying very provocative anti-Nazi stuff.
  • The Nazi's infiltrated the German Church with their propaganda.
  • Unlike the rest of the German Church, Bonhoeffer knew they had to resist the Nazi's.
  • The Nazi's tried to remove the Old Testament from the German Church; Bonhoeffer responded by writing a book about Psalms.
  • If you want to remove Jewish influence from Chrisitanity: "Good Luck with that!"
  • Bonhoeffer understood that if you have a relationship with God, you don't have to fear death.

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