Monday, May 12, 2014

War hero

Dietrich Bonhoeffer has become something of a saint among Evangelicals over the last thirty years. In a recent communique, our correspondent Guy Noir had this to say about the following First Things book notice about a new biography by Mark Movsesian, "A Christian Man: A New Biography of Dietrich Bonhoeffer" (First Things, May 7, 2014):
"I certainly admire his example, and given the testimonies, is writings must generate sparks for many, many people. All good.

But he seems far closer to Thomas Merton than to Maximillian Kolbe, and theologically closer to a Karl Barth or Karl Rahner than a Karl Adam or a Karl Stern. I think the title of this piece would more fairly run, "A Man, a Christian, and a Martyr."
[Hat tip to JM]