Letters to London Paperback

Bonhoeffer's Previously Unpublished Correspondence with Ernst Cromwell, 1935-36

by Dietrich Bonhoeffer;


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Letters to London

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Giving you valuable insight into Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s public spirituality, theology from the perspective of his private life and concerns. In this first collection of the Lutheran pastors letters, this founding member of the Confessing Church, who would be martyred for his active resistance to the Nazi movement, you will find intimate and revealing details essential to the serious Bonhoeffer student and interested reader.

His character and relationships, practice as a pastor and developing theological and political thought, revealed in these previously unknown and unpublished letters, are skilfully and sensitively edited by one of the world's most Bonhoeffer scholar.

The letters have their origin in the dispirited 27 year old’s acceptance of a two year appointment to two German-speaking Protestant churches in London: the German Evangelical Church in Sydenham and the German Reformed Church of St Paul's, Whitechapel in the Autumn of 1933. As German churches acquiesced to Hitler’s growing power, Bonhoeffer found little support for his views deciding that "it was about time to go for a while into the desert".

Fellow theologian, Karl Barth, regarded this as running away from real battle accusing Bonhoeffer of abandoning his post and wasting his "splendid theological armory" while "the house of your church is on fire."

The letters help explain Bonhoeffer’s hopes that, in going to England, he was not simply avoiding trouble at home; but hoping for support from the ecumenical movement in the interest of his anti-Nazi Confessing Church.

Bonhoeffer rallied people to oppose the Nazi subversion of the Gospel to the extent that Bishop Theodor Heckel – the official in charge of German Evangelical Church foreign affairs, was sent to London to warn Bonhoeffer to abstain from any activity not authorized by Berlin.

Bonhoeffer refused to desist from his work. This is the momentous background to this collection of globally significant letters with relevance to formulating the Christian response to the divisive religious and secular forces in the world today.

Letters to London by Dietrich Bonhoeffer was published by SPCK in September 2013 and is our 35245th best seller. The ISBN for Letters to London is 9780281066698.

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In the autumn of 1933 the 27-year-old Bonhoeffer accepted a two-year appointment as a pastor of two German-speaking Protestant churches in London. It was during this time that he began his friendship with Ernst Cromwell, one of his confirmands - a friendship that is now documented in these letters published for the first time here in this book; most of which are dated between 20 March 1935 and 27 March 1936.

Seventy-five years later, the publication of these letters throws light on several aspects of Bonhoeffer's life and thought, including: the development of his views on the practice of silence; his practice of catechesis and confirmation; the impact on his personal relationships of his involvement in the Church struggle; his understanding of friendship, and in particular friendship that values the potential contribution of young people to living out the 'truth-telling' of Jesus Christ.

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Page last updated 30th November 2016
Author / Artist
Book FormatPaperback
PublisherSPCK (September 2013)
EditorStephen Plant; Toni Burrowes Cromwell
Weight154g
Number of Pages160
Height198 mm
Width129 mm
ISBN9780281066698
ISBN-100281066698
Product Code4138877
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