By Martin E Marty
For fascination, impression, notion, and controversy, Dietrich Bonhoeffer's Letters and Papers from Prison is unequalled through the other booklet of Christian mirrored image written within the 20th century. A Lutheran pastor and theologian, Bonhoeffer spent years in Nazi prisons ahead of being completed at age thirty-nine, only a month sooner than the German hand over, for his position within the plot to kill Hitler. The posthumous Letters and Papers from Prison has had a major influence on either Christian and secular notion because it used to be first released in 1951, and has helped determine Bonhoeffer's attractiveness as probably the most vital Protestant thinkers of the 20 th century. during this, the 1st heritage of the book's awesome international occupation, nationwide e-book Award-winning writer Martin Marty tells how and why Letters and Papers from Prison has been learn and utilized in such dramatically other ways, from the chilly struggle to today.
In his past due letters, Bonhoeffer raised tantalizing questions on the position of Christianity and the church in an more and more secular international. Marty tells the tale of ways, within the Nineteen Sixties and the next a long time, those provocative principles stirred a variety of thinkers and activists, together with civil rights and antiapartheid campaigners, "death-of-God" theologians, and East German Marxists.
within the technique of tracing the eventful and contested heritage of Bonhoeffer's booklet, Marty presents a compelling new viewpoint on non secular and secular lifestyles within the postwar era.