Without doubt, this has to be one of the best pieces of fiction ever written. I love it, everything about it. If you go on Amazon and read reviews the...moreWithout doubt, this has to be one of the best pieces of fiction ever written. I love it, everything about it. If you go on Amazon and read reviews they will express all this in a much more eloquent way then I can. But yeah, its a shame that most Lewis fans I've talked to have never heard of it. It deserves being read and re-read(less)
This is an important book, addressing an unintended result of the reformation, which was a wide spread attitude that "I can do whatever I want and liv...moreThis is an important book, addressing an unintended result of the reformation, which was a wide spread attitude that "I can do whatever I want and live my own life, because I'm covered by his grace." This what he calls "cheap grace". Bonhoeffer is insistent that without active obedience there is no faith and without faith there is no obedience, the two are intertwined. That grace cost Jesus and it cost us everything, but the exchanged is good (our worthless life for His eternal life) There were some good insights here and there (I wish I could remember them). My problem is I've lost interest in this kind of book, once I would have gobbled up this extreme teaching; that raises the bar and standard so high. But now I am finding myself more skeptical, feeling kinda like I was idealistic back in the day and now I've grown up and have awoken to the cold reality. yeah, I know this is not necessarily a good thing.
I was surprised that some of my objections and criticism early on, he later addresses toward the end of the book as if he read my mind. But he answers were not satisfactory or clear to me.
Bonhoeffer says we need to just obey, we are not suppose to interpret the sermon on the mount, but are just to do it, anything less then this is disobedience. But this would mean we would have to give to everyone who ask, and everyone in the church would have to cut out their right eye and right arm. Clearly, we are forced to do some interpretation! It would be a lot easier to follow Bonhoeffer's exhortations if, Jesus was physically with us and spoke audibly and constantly told us what to do. But it just not that simple.(less)
Well, it took me ages to get through this book. I must say that as Thomas Jefferson felt concerning passages of the bible "Diamonds in the dunghill" S...moreWell, it took me ages to get through this book. I must say that as Thomas Jefferson felt concerning passages of the bible "Diamonds in the dunghill" So I kind of felt concerning Pensees. I had to trudge through a lot that didn't really interest me, to come across a diamond. But these diamonds were so good, that all in all, it was worth it. I thought Pascal was at his best in the section where he wrote about Diversion. But yeah, I kind of wish I read this on Kindle instead of a hard copy then I could easily copy here some of my favorite quotes that have found their way on my facebook wall over the years.
I will note here that translation matters, I read the one translated by A. J Krailsheimer produced by Penguin Classics, and I have noticed that compared to what I've read of the public domain version online, that Krailsheimer's translation seems much better.(less)