“Bonhoeffer Would Have Decried 21st-Century ‘Lukewarm’ Church”

“Every attempt on Hitler’s life failed. Bonhoeffer inevitably was arrested in 1943 and spent the next two years in prison and finally in the Flossenbürg concentration camp where in early April 1945, just three weeks before Hitler’s suicide, he was hanged. His last known words were, “This is the end, for me the beginning, of life.” Like the Christ he faithfully served, he willingly hung from a tree, naked and unashamed.

If Dietrich Bonhoeffer had lived long enough, he would have assailed both postmodernism — the anti-philosophy that says there is no meaning in life or death — and the contemporary religious zealotry of those who believe they have a divine mandate to dominate the earth.  But he would have been most saddened, as he was in his day, by the laissez-faire, “lukewarmchurches that have left theirfirst love” and reject the biblical command to engage in the war for the hearts and minds of mankind. “Because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth,Jesus warned the noncommittal church in Revelation 3:16.”



Apparently few Americans know about Dietrich Bonhoeffer. Who was he?


The Dietrich Bonhoeffer Institute


“Silence in the face of evil is evil itself. God will not hold us guiltless. Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act.”-Dietrich Bonhoeffer


Failure to speak against evil and passivity–WHAT DOES THE BIBLE SAY? And what did Dietrich Bonhoeffer say?


Dietrich Bonhoeffer, if alive today, would see a “tired indifference” and “dulled senses” in the educated class of Americans




The Political Theology of Dietrich Bonhoeffer and Ethical Problems of Tyrannicide


The Protestant Church During the Hitler/Bonhoeffer Years


“I [Bonhoeffer] no longer believe in the university…In fact I never really have believed in it.” (Dietrich Bonhoeffer held two PhDs [not honorary but real])