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Letters and Papers from Prison (1951)

by Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Other authors: Eberhard Bethge (Editor)

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Always an important and inspiration book for us.
  RobertForsythe | Jul 19, 2011 |
Intensely moving
  MichaelTDarkow | Mar 15, 2010 |
A very difficult work to get through emotionally, especially if you know the background of the circumstances. Bonhoeffer was part of a conspiracy against Hitler and was imprisoned in April 1943 on unrelated charges. This book represents the correspondence between Bonhoeffer and his family and friends, especially Eberhard Bethge, to whom he sent letters illegally. The book tells the story of Bonhoeffer's hopes and dreams along with this theological reflections in his circumstance.

The personal information is quite interesting. Anyone who expects the book to be mostly about theology will be rather disappointed; nevertheless, the thoughts that Bonhoeffer does put down are quite good and worthy of consideration, especially in regards to the Christian's relationship to the Old Testament and what it means to be a Christian in a "post-God" world.

A book worth reading if one has a good understanding of Bonhoeffer through other works. ( )
1 vote deusvitae | Aug 14, 2009 |
from back cover: "Dietrich Bonhoeffer died in 1945 at the hands of the hangman in a Gestapo prison. These letters and papers, smuggled out of prison, show what he might have become had he lived. His understanding of the world, balanced by humour, compassion and faith, made up a character that was, in the fullest sense of the word, saintly.
" Born in 1906, Dietrich Bonhoeffer was the son of a professor of Psychiatry. He grew up in academic surroundings and in 1930 was appointed a lecturer in systematic theology at Berlin University. In 1933 he denounced Hitler and his ideas on the wireless. Two years later, after a period spent in England, he was forbidden to teach and banned from Berlin by Nazi authorities. At the outbreak of war, against the advice of all his friends, he gave up the security of the U.S.A., where he was on a lecture tour, and returned to Germany to work for the Confessing Church and the political opposition to Hitler. He was arrested in April 1943 and, two years later, after imprisonment in Buchenwald, he was hanged at Flossenburg.
" These letters and papers to friends, together with the handful of verses gathered here, reveal how both his life and work were unified by the penetration of his vision. They open the way to vast new fields of spiritual understanding."
  WARM | Feb 21, 2008 |
Bonhoeffer writes to his fiance, family, and friends with a deep sense of hope even when his days were getting darker.

He mentioned at one point that the Nazi government's horrible crimes served as proof for the need of a theocracy. Bonhoeffer died as a supporter of the church and as a believer in the reign of God over and against evil. ( )
  awhayouseh | Mar 8, 2007 |
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Ten years is a long time in anyone's life.
(From Karl Bonhoeffer - Berlin-Charl[ottenburg] 9, April, 1943)

Dear Dietrich,

I wanted to send you a greeting from us and tell you that we are always thinking of you.
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Letters and Papers from Prison is a collection of notes and correspondence covering the period from Dietrich Bonhoeffer's arrest in 1943 to his execution by the Gestapo in 1945. The book is probably most famous, and most important, for its idea of "religionless Christianity"--an idea Bonhoeffer did not live long enough fully to develop, but whose timeliness only increases as the lines between secular and ecclesial life blur. Bonhoeffer's first mention of "religionless Christianity" came in a letter in 1944:
What is bothering me incessantly is the question what Christianity really is, or indeed who Christ really is, for us today. The time when people could be told everything by means of words, whether theological or pious, is over, and so is the time of inwardness and conscience--and that means the time of religion in general. We are moving towards a completely religionless time; people as they are now simply cannot be religious any more. Even those who honestly describe themselves as "religious" do not in the least act up to it, and so they presumably mean something quite different by "religious."
The pleasures of Letters and Papers from Prison, however are not all so profound. Occasionally, Bonhoeffer's letters burst into song--sometimes with actual musical notations, other times with unforgettable phrases. Looking forward to seeing his best friend, Bonhoeffer writes, "To meet again is a God." --Michael Joseph Gross

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Compiles the personal correspondence and legal papers of the German theologian imprisoned and executed for his part in a plot against Hitler.

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