BONHOEFFER, Dietrich
(1906 - 1945)
Breslau

German Lutheran pastor and theologian. Active with fellow-Christians in opposing the development of National Socialism in the 1930s in spite of quiescence within the official leadership of the churches. Draws on both sociological and theological insights in presenting models for communal life at its best. In later writings, some from when in prison for working as an under-cover agent against Hitler, he reflects on the morality of dissimulation and what constitutes telling the truth, as also on the future for Christian beliefs and values in a world that appears to have outgrown religion.


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