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Saturday, April 09, 2011

Dietrich Bonhoeffer: The Cost of Discipleship, quotation

Bonhoeffer grace alone


This is a quotation from The Cost of Discipleship, by Dietrich Bonhoeffer. (New York: Simon and Schuster, 1995. See here for Wikipedia article on Bonhoeffer.) Bonhoeffer wasn't just being theoretical about the cost of following Christ, and the single-mindedness with which we should follow. He was an intellectual leader of the Confessing Church, which stood up to Hitler and Naziism. He left Germany, then felt that, if he was going to be part of the church in Germany after World War II, he needed to experience what Germany went through, because of Hitler and what came to his country, with the other Germans. So he went back. Bonhoeffer was eventually arrested, and executed by the Nazis, shortly before the end of Hitler's regime, at the age of 39.

Since searches won't pick up the text in the quotation from the graphic, I quote it here: "The only man who has the right to say that he is justified by grace alone is the man who has left all to follow Christ." The graphic also serves as a link to a larger size, on Flickr. No password is needed to access Flickr.

I wish I were a better example of this.

The background comes from the Flickr photo, of immature blueberries, in the comment below, which photo was posted earlier.

Thanks for looking!

On November 17, 2012, a relative told me that I had used the wrong first name for Bonhoeffer in the description of this picture. Sorry, and I am grateful to the relative. That name has now been corrected.

Added August 2, 2013: I have now posted on a biography of Bonhoeffer, here

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