On Stupidity, by Dietrich Bonhoeffer One becomes stupid when they abdicate their will over to an ideology or collective; while they retain their intellect, their will to think independently, and to question their beliefs, is forfeited.
Bonhoeffer on Stupidity and Independence 3 min. read Dietrich Bonhoeffer was a philosopher, theologian, and Lutheran minister who resisted the rise of the Nazi regime. He actually used the governmental post he was offered as a cover for subverting Hitler.
Dietrich Bonhoeffer Essay Dietrich Bonhoeffer was a German pastor and brilliant theologian who was made famous by his role in the German resistance movement. He was executed in April 1945 for his involvement in plots to overthrow Adolf Hitler.Dietrich Bonhoeffer Dietrich Bonhoeffer was born February 4, 1906 in the town of Breslau (German name) located in the south-west portion of Poland. Historically, the town had been rule and inhabited by the governments of Poland, Bohemia, Austria, Prussia, and Germany. After World War II, the city returned as a possession of Poland.This is the first essay I wrote this summer, and the only one on Dietrich Bonhoeffer. It is an analysis of his (unfinished) opus, the Ethics, and a comparison between his view and the Neocalvinist stance. Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s Ethics, though unfinished, displays a structure based around three distinct threads or concepts: he insists that the end of Christian ethics is the formation of Christ.
Metaxas's Counterfeit Bonhoeffer: An Evangelical Critique. Review of Eric Metaxas, Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy: A Righteous Gentile Vs. the Third Reich (Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 2010) by Richard Weikart, California State University, Stanislaus. Eric Metaxas's Bonhoeffer biography has won many accolades from evangelicals, not only because Metaxas is an excellent writer, but also.Read More
Dietrich Bonhoeffer's Letters and Papers from Prison Bonhoeffer graduated from the University of Berlin in 1927, at age 21, and then spent some months in Spain as an assistant pastor to a German.Read More
Prior to his execution in Flossenburg prison by the Nazis just days before that prison was liberated by the Allies, German pastor and theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer wrote the following: Stupidity is a more dangerous enemy of the good than malice. One may protest against evil; it can be exposed and, if need be, prevented by use of force.Read More
One of these essays, entitled On Stupidity, records some of the problems which Bonhoeffer likely saw at work in Hitler’s rise to power: “Upon closer observation, it becomes apparent that every.Read More
What sparked our musings was coming across the story of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, a German Lutheran pastor, theologian, and anti-Nazi dissident, who was executed by the Gestapo in 1945. One of the very, very few men in the Christian Church who actually spoke out against Hitler. Bonhoeffer was surrounded by the evil of Nazi Germany.Read More
Marty's biography of Letters and Papers from Prison is timely, for though we seldom encounter the kind of blatant poaching of Bonhoeffer's statements that occurred in the 1950s and '60s, the fragmentary character of the prison correspondence still invites individuals from a wide variety of ideological positions to conscript his last theological.Read More
If I sit next to a madman as he drives a car into a group of innocent bystanders, I can't, as a Christian, simply wait for the catastrophe, then comfort the wounded and bury the dead.Read More
Eberhard Bethge authored the definitive biography on Dietrich Bonhoeffer, appropriate in that he was Bonhoeffer’s closest friend and was married to Bonhoeffer’s niece, Renata. Dr. Bethge was also the person to whom Bonhoeffer wrote his letters from prison and edited the volume we know as Bonoheffer’s Letters and Papers from Prison.Read More
Bonhoeffer and Musical Metaphor ROBERT O. SMITH1 n the twentieth century, the corridors of theology were not generally alive with the sound of music.” The primary exception Jeremy Begbie offers to his obser-vation is the German Lutheran pastor, ethicist, and theologian, Dietrich Bonhoeffer.Read More
Despite Dietrich Bonhoeffer's earlier theological achievements and writings, it was his correspondence and notes from prison that electrified the postwar world six years after his death in 1945.Read More