I’m have just started to work through A Year with Dietrich Bonhoeffer. While I have had the book for a number of years and found it to be a tremendous source of encouragement during my time of homelessness in early 2009; I have not read it through.
To say he was a intellectual would be an understatement; he earned his Ph.D. at the age of 21. He was also extremely pastoral; having the idea that theology must make pastoral sense. He was also extremely parochial in his call having trained up many pastors in the underground church in Germany during world war 2.
His sense of nationalistic calling was impressive; for he decided to return to Germany during the Nazi reign instead of opting for the easy way of political exile by staying in the USA. He said; He would have no right to participate in the reconstruction of the Christian life in Germany after the war if he did not participate in its trials; with his people.
He was not afraid of being politically involved in the underground against Hitler and was eventually arrested; goaled for 18 months and executed 4 weeks before the surrender of Germany.
Here is an extract from the reading on day 1 about God’s unfathomable love.
God leads us into absurdity by becoming a real human being and a companion of sinners, thereby forcing us to become the judges of God. God stands beside the real human being and the real world against all their accusers. So God becomes accused along with human beings and the world, and thus the judges become the accused.
God stands alongside humanity through Christ who was judged by us. Christ truly intercedes for all of humanity and sympathises with us. Any who judge do so at great risk in finding they instead are the accused.