A New Look at the Bonhoeffer Family

September 18, 2019 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm

Kathleen Housley, the author of 10 books and numerous published essays and articles, will lead a presentation on theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer.

Just before his arrest by the Nazis in 1942, Bonhoeffer wrote the Christmas letter, “After Ten Years,” and sent to his closest friends in the resistance. In it, Bonhoeffer wrote "The one who allows nothing that happens to deprive him of his co-responsibility for the course of history … will find a fruitful relationship to the events of history, beyond fruitless criticism and equally fruitless opportunism …" The letter influenced Martin Luther King, Jr.’s "Letter from Birmingham Jail" written 26 years later. Both are vital documents for churches and deal with freedom and responsibility. King noted that killing Jews in Germany is not any more legal than segregation was in the South, and Bonhoeffer noted that the “ultimate responsible question is not how [we] extricate [ourselves] from a situation, but how a coming generation is to go on living.”

Houseley's writings cover a wide range of approaches to theology and combine science, philosophy, religion, and politics. Her most recent book is The Scientific World of Karl Friedrich Bonhoeffer: The Entanglement of Science, Religion and Politics in Nazi Germany, published by Palgrave MacMillan.


Rev. Erica Avena

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