- The book was written by the American writer of Greek and German origin, Eric Metaxas, who lives and works in New York, America. He lectures on life and God and is the founder and host of Socrates in the City. His study refers to the theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer, a personality unknown to the Greeks. He belongs to the category of theologians who resisted Hitler.
We don't know much about the resistance in Germany. It is true that the bourgeoisie did not take kindly to the rise of Hitler. Bonhoeffer and his family from the first moment separated their position. Something that was very difficult and that they paid a high price for. Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1906-1945) was a German Lutheran pastor and theologian. He also participated in the German resistance movement against Nazism, and was a founding member of the Confessing Church, which opposed Nazism. His involvement in plans by members of the German Military Intelligence Service, Abwehr, to assassinate Adolf Hitler resulted in his arrest in April 1943 and his subsequent execution by hanging in April 1945, shortly before the end of his term. war.
His views on the role of Christianity in the world have had a significant influence on theological thought. Eric Metaxas avoided creating a portrait of a martyr and canonizing Bonhoeffer. He examined his personality and showed us his strengths as well as his flaws. But the main thing is that it gives us in a masterful way the image of Germany during the time of Hitler. With no freedom and being watched by agents and secret services. In this situation Bonhoeffer dares and conspires against Hitler. The goal is to overthrow him. And the efforts of dissident Germans might have succeeded if Hitler had not had luck on his side. The failure to overthrow Hitler led to mass arrests. Famous people like von Kanaris and other German officials were led to the gallows. With them and Dietrich Bonhoeffer. Their execution took place a few weeks before the liberation of Germany.
The path of the life of the German theologian Bonhoeffer is written in such a way that it fascinates you from the first lines. Closing the last pages of the book I felt a great pleasure. So I placed it in the most prominent place in my bookcase. On the shelf of my favorite books. Read it.
The theologian who opposed Hitler
Translation: Vasiliki Patriki-Golfinou