Dietrich Bonhoeffer was only thirty-nine years old when he was executed in a Nazi concentration camp in 1945, yet his courage, vision, and brilliance have greatly influenced the twentieth-century Church and theology. Particularly through his bestselling classic, The Cost of Discipleship, Bonhoeffer profoundly shaped such minds and movements as Martin Luther King, Jr., and Leonardo Boff, civil rights and leberation theology.
A Testament to Freedom, completely revised and expanded for this edition, includes previously untranslated writings, excerpts from major books, sermons, and selected letters spanning the years of Bonhoeffer's pastoral and theological career. This magnificent volume takes readers on a historical and biographical journey that follows Bonhoeffer through the various stages of his life--as teacher, ecumenist, pastor, preacher, seminary director, prophet in the Nazi era and, finally, as martyr in pursuit of peace and justice.
About the Author
Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1906-45) is one of the most well-known and beloved theologians of the twentieth century. He was a Christian minister, seminary professor, and a founding member of Germany's Confessing Church. One of the leading voices of opposition against Nazism during World War II, Bonhoeffer was executed for participating in a plot to assassinate Hitler. His theological views have become highly influential in the years since his death.
Carmen J. Calvanese is an adjunct professor at Saint Joseph's University, Alvernia University, and Manor College. In addition to writing and research, teaching is his passion. Calvanese claims that his pedagogical philosophy is centered on students with deep desires to excel and achieve, for once a mind is stretched, it never returns to its original form.
Nelson is Research Professor of Christian Ethics at North Park Theological Seminary, Chicago.