By Martin E Marty
For fascination, impact, proposal, and controversy, Dietrich Bonhoeffer's Letters and Papers from Prison is unrivaled by means of the other publication of Christian mirrored image written within the 20th century. A Lutheran pastor and theologian, Bonhoeffer spent years in Nazi prisons sooner than being carried out at age thirty-nine, only a month prior to the German give up, for his position within the plot to kill Hitler. The posthumous Letters and Papers from Prison has had an important effect on either Christian and secular inspiration because it used to be first released in 1951, and has helped determine Bonhoeffer's acceptance as essentially the most very important Protestant thinkers of the 20th century. during this, the 1st historical past of the book's amazing international profession, nationwide publication 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 warfare to today.
In his past due letters, Bonhoeffer raised tantalizing questions about the position of Christianity and the church in an more and more secular international. Marty tells the tale of the way, within the Sixties and the next many years, those provocative principles stirred quite a lot of thinkers and activists, together with civil rights and antiapartheid campaigners, "death-of-God" theologians, and East German Marxists.
within the strategy of tracing the eventful and contested background of Bonhoeffer's booklet, Marty offers a compelling new point of view on spiritual and secular lifestyles within the postwar era.