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By Stephen J. Plant

Bonhoeffer's theology keeps to end up richly fruitful within the twenty first century. This e-book gathers jointly Stephen Plant's scholarly engagement with Bonhoeffer's existence and theology over 20 years. This assortment makes available Plant's precise viewpoint on Bonhoeffer's theology, specifically at the key subject matters of biblical exegesis, ethics and the intimate connections Bonhoeffer discerns among them.

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48 This page has been left blank intentionally Chapter 2 An Article Marking the Centenary of Bonhoeffer’s Birth: Faith, Political Duty and One Man’s Costly Grace Dietrich Bonhoeffer, born a century ago today,1 is one of the best-known Christians of the twentieth century. He is one of 10 twentieth-century martyrs commemorated in statues above the west door of Westminster Abbey; his family home is now a museum and several tourist companies offer ‘pilgrimages’ to sites with which he was associated.

Bonhoeffer was prepared to incur guilt to end evil: Moltke doubted that evil could be ended by an intrinsically evil act. Who was right and who was wrong? Is simply thinking clearly about what needs to change ever really enough, must we not also do something to bring that change about? Can a genuinely moral politics ever truly arise from an immoral act of rebellion? Must we choose between the approaches taken by these two groups of brave men and women trying to do right in unrighteous times? To me, the clearest lesson is that earthly politics is imperfectable and therefore that all political convictions and actions stand under the judgement of God.

23 One way for theologians and Church historians to deal with this dilemma to deny it and simply condemn the failure of the Churches without entering into the context in which that failure occurred. Two books, published this year more or less do just this. John Cornwell, a Catholic journalist and historian has written a compelling account of the life of Eugenio Pacelli, the Vatican diplomat who served as Papal Nuncio in Germany from 1917 to 1929. He then served as Cardinal Secretary of State and was responsible for the Concordat between Hitler and the Vatican signed in 1933.

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