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Eric Metaxas on Bonhoeffer: The Extended Interview

September 13, 2017

If you are an admirer, as I am, of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, here is an interview Eric Metaxas did a few years ago with Scott Ross on CBN.  Whether or not you have read Metaxas’ biography of Bonhoeffer that is titled Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy, I think you will enjoy this interview.

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  1. September 15, 2017 8:29 am

    What is presented here is much too simplistic Will. Like his Mentor, Karl Barth, Bonhoeffer held views that too myself and others are extremely troubling. His Theology became more divorced from Orthodoxy after he was imprisoned in April 1943. This Article examines some of the issues briefly:

    “What then should we make of Bonhoeffer? While recognizing his many admirable traits—compassion, courage, commitment, and integrity—we should be wary of many elements of his theology. He imbibed large doses of Continental philosophy, including Kant, Hegel, Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, and Heidegger—that profoundly influenced his worldview. His theology reflected Barth’s neo-orthodox theology, which called Christians to get back to Scripture as the source for religious truth, but without believing that Scripture is historically true. Bonhoeffer always considered himself a follower of Barth, though most Bonhoeffer scholars rightly consider Bonhoeffer more liberal than Barth. Stephen Haynes and Lori Hale, for instance, accurately present Bonhoeffer as a theologian “charting his own course in the charged space between liberalism and dialectical theology.””

    • September 15, 2017 11:10 am

      Andrew, thanks for your thoughts. In some respects it is almost like there are two different perceptions of Bonhoeffer out there…Metaxas certainly portrays him as more orthodox than does your link. The Cost of Discipleship, oddly, to me has the ring of Gospel truth, but perhaps as you wrote, his theology became worse while he was in prison. I obviously need to do more reading myself on this.

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