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Bonhoeffer the Assassin?: Challenging the Myth, Recovering His Call to Peacemaking

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Most of us think we know the moving story of Dietrich Bonhoeffer's life--a pacifist pastor turns anti-Hitler conspirator due to horrors encountered during World War II--but does the evidence really support this prevailing view? This pioneering work carefully examines the biographical and textual evidence and finds no support for the theory that Bonhoeffer abandoned his ...more
Paperback, 250 pages
Published October 1st 2013 by Baker Academic
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Readnponder
Nov 10, 2013 Readnponder rated it really liked it
This book will surely be a conversation starter among those who admire the famed German theologian executed in April 1945, a week before the liberation of the Flossenburg Nazi concentration camp. The three authors of this book, each with Mennonite ties, differ in their interpretation of Dietrich Bonhoeffer from that accorded by Eric Metaxas’ recently popular biography, Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy. Indeed, the most important part of this new title may be the question mark.

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Keith
Dec 09, 2013 Keith rated it it was amazing
This is a book that is long overdue and if anyone cared to hear the real story of Bonhoeffer, it would change history.

Bonhoeffer was made famous, not for who he was, but for who we wanted him to be. In "Bonhoeffer the Assassin?" it is revealed that there is no case for the claim that Bonhoeffer was ever a part of an assassination attempt on Hitler or that he ever renounced non-violence as an essential element of Christianity.

Bonhoeffer was arrested a few years prior to the assassination attemp
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Rick Dugan
Jun 09, 2014 Rick Dugan rated it it was amazing
An informative counter history to Eric Metaxes' recent book on Bonhoeffer, this one brings into question Bonhoeffer's involvement in a plot to assassinate Hitler. The book well articulates the growth in Bonhoeffer's theology. Especially helpful was the analysis of Bonhoeffer's pacifism as a response to Jesus Christ rather than as a principle. In an era when Christianity is reduced to values, it's refreshing to read of a faith that is shaped by Christ rather than merely morality. Many lessons ...more
Lauren
Mar 07, 2016 Lauren rated it it was ok
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Had this book only been made up of chapters 3, 4, 7, & Conclusion (& maybe a paragraph of summary from the remaining chapters), then I would have rated it 4 stars instead of 2. In these stated chapters, the authors ask thought provoking questions and engage the reader in viewing Bonhoeffer differently than from the point of view in which he is often portrayed. These four chapters were excellent in content and style.

The other chapters, however...
I struggled to get through them. Maybe it w
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Bob
Feb 17, 2014 Bob rated it really liked it
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Mark Nation addresses the question, what is an assassin in light of the historical backdrop of Nazi Germany. In doing so, Nation allows the reader to pose questions of themselves to uncover what action, or inaction, the reader would take. The book is well written and stays on topic throughout.

It is a excellent companion to the book on Bonhoeffer written by Eric Metaxas in 2010 which provides a broader base of the man and his history.
Marcia
Mar 26, 2014 Marcia rated it it was ok
My rating has more to do with its suitability for me than with the content of the book. It is written for someone with more of a theological or philosophical background than what I have.

It was interesting, but parts were a bit of a struggle for me.
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Mark Thiessen Nation (PhD, Fuller Theological Seminary) is professor of theology at Eastern Mennonite Seminary in Harrisonburg, Virginia, and has authored several books.
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