Bonhoeffer

This feature-length documentary is opening this weekend in Los Angeles, and I must say, I liked it very much. Bonhoeffer’s story is fascinating on its own merits. This documentary adds photos, context, theology, history – and ecclesiolgy to his life (1906-1945) that ended when he was executed by the Nazi’s for participating in the conspiracy to assassinate Hitler.

His decision to take an active role (however quiet) in the conspiracy was rooted in his contemplation of the Sermon on the Mount.

I hope that Bonhoeffer’s contribution to theology and life, how he integrates it, can someday be studied side by side with Gaudium et Spes of Vatican II – the Pastoral Constitution on the Church in the Modern World.

There is more that unites than divides Christians.

The movie introduced me into a whole new way of being a follower of Christ in fidelity and relevance. I hope you get to see it.


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