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Dietrich Bonhoeffer's "Letters and Papers from Prison": A Biography (Lives of Great Religious Books)

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Publisher Comments:

"Martin Marty's biography of Dietrich Bonhoeffer's widely acclaimed Letters and Papers from Prison is riveting. It was difficult to put it down. Under Marty's assured direction we are led on a fascinating journey from a Nazi prison cell to the then-East and West Germany, the rest of Europe, the United States, Latin America, Africa, and Asia to learn how this book meant so many and such different things to its varied audiences. We come away from Marty's opus thankful and exhilarated: deeply thankful that Bonhoeffer's brother-in-law Bethge preserved these 'letters and papers,' and exhilarated to discover yet again how God's deep reverence for our creaturely autonomy and integrity allows for such different apprehensions of the irruption of the divine. We are therefore enormously indebted to Marty for this biography."--Desmond Tutu, Archbishop Emeritus, Cape Town

"There is nothing else like this history of Bonhoeffer's Letters and Papers from Prison. Martin Marty writes with equal clarity and empathy of the Socialist, Catholic, Evangelical, and liberal Protestant receptions of the book. And Marty's book has an autobiographical dimension that others cannot match because he has been an informed observer--and sometimes participant--in many of the theological movements and controversies he describes."--Stephen Haynes, author of The Bonhoeffer Phenomenon: Portraits of a Protestant Saint

"This is a book with many unexpected discoveries. It is intriguing to read how Bonhoeffer's Letters and Papers from Prison came into being and even more so to learn how it was interpreted and misinterpreted. In fact, it is mind-boggling to discover how the same book has been claimed by East German Marxists, Evangelicals, God-is-dead theologians, mainline Protestants and Catholics, and secularists. Martin Marty is a great scholar and has done us a great service."--Peter Frick, editor of Dietrich Bonhoeffer: Meditation and Prayer

Review:

"Bonhoeffer, a major German theologian and member of the resistance against Hitler, had no knowledge that his prison writings would be published and disseminated so widely. Yet his courageous convictions and creative theological ideas became highly influential for Christians, including Protestants (mainline), Catholics, Evangelicals, and Orthodox." --John Jaeger, Library Journal

Review:

"It is well worth the trip; the life of a book is different from a person and these letters have enjoyed a long life. They have been used and misused by many people over time and have brought comfort and pain to many readers. These papers, and letters, continue to be read today by students and scholars." --Kevin Winter, Portland Book Review

Review:

"But the fact that a biography could be written about one of Bonhoeffer's books speaks more to the hold the martyred churchman still has on many people, decades after World War II." ---William McKenzie, The Dallas Morning News

Synopsis:

"Martin Marty's biography of Dietrich Bonhoeffer's widely acclaimed Letters and Papers from Prison is riveting. It was difficult to put it down. Under Marty's assured direction we are led on a fascinating journey from a Nazi prison cell to the then-East and West Germany, the rest of Europe, the United States, Latin America, Africa, and Asia to learn how this book meant so many and such different things to its varied audiences. We come away from Marty's opus thankful and exhilarated: deeply thankful that Bonhoeffer's brother-in-law Bethge preserved these 'letters and papers,' and exhilarated to discover yet again how God's deep reverence for our creaturely autonomy and integrity allows for such different apprehensions of the irruption of the divine. We are therefore enormously indebted to Marty for this biography."--Desmond Tutu, Archbishop Emeritus, Cape Town

"There is nothing else like this history of Bonhoeffer's Letters and Papers from Prison. Martin Marty writes with equal clarity and empathy of the Socialist, Catholic, Evangelical, and liberal Protestant receptions of the book. And Marty's book has an autobiographical dimension that others cannot match because he has been an informed observer--and sometimes participant--in many of the theological movements and controversies he describes."--Stephen Haynes, author of The Bonhoeffer Phenomenon: Portraits of a Protestant Saint

"This is a book with many unexpected discoveries. It is intriguing to read how Bonhoeffer's Letters and Papers from Prison came into being and even more so to learn how it was interpreted and misinterpreted. In fact, it is mind-boggling to discover how the same book has been claimed by East German Marxists, Evangelicals, God-is-dead theologians, mainline Protestants and Catholics, and secularists. Martin Marty is a great scholar and has done us a great service."--Peter Frick, editor of Dietrich Bonhoeffer: Meditation and Prayer

Synopsis:

For fascination, influence, inspiration, and controversy, Dietrich Bonhoeffer's Letters and Papers from Prison is unmatched by any other book of Christian reflection written in the twentieth century. A Lutheran pastor and theologian, Bonhoeffer spent two years in Nazi prisons before being executed at age thirty-nine, just a month before the German surrender, for his role in the plot to kill Hitler. The posthumous Letters and Papers from Prison has had a tremendous impact on both Christian and secular thought since it was first published in 1951, and has helped establish Bonhoeffer's reputation as one of the most important Protestant thinkers of the twentieth century. In this, the first history of the book's remarkable global career, National Book Award-winning author Martin Marty tells how and why Letters and Papers from Prison has been read and used in such dramatically different ways, from the cold war to today.

In his late letters, Bonhoeffer raised tantalizing questions about the role of Christianity and the church in an increasingly secular world. Marty tells the story of how, in the 1960s and the following decades, these provocative ideas stirred a wide range of thinkers and activists, including civil rights and antiapartheid campaigners, "death-of-God" theologians, and East German Marxists.

In the process of tracing the eventful and contested history of Bonhoeffer's book, Marty provides a compelling new perspective on religious and secular life in the postwar era.

About the Author

Martin E. Marty is professor emeritus of religious history at the University of Chicago. He is the winner of the National Book Award and the author of more than fifty books. His recent books include "Martin Luther: A Life" (Viking) and "The Christian World: A Global History" (Modern Library).

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations ix

Acknowledgments xi

Chapter 1: The Birth of a Book 1

Chapter 2: The "Gradual" Editor 31

Chapter 3: The Decisive Turns 51

Chapter 4: Travels East 74

Chapter 5: Travels West 103

Chapter 6: The Worlds of Two Strangers 133

Chapter 7: Travels around the World 178

Chapter 8: Continuity and Change 211

Notes 247

Index 261

Product Details

ISBN:
9780691139210
Author:
Marty, Martin
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Author:
Marty, Martin E.
Subject:
Church History
Subject:
Religion
Subject:
European History
Subject:
Biography - General
Subject:
Euro
Subject:
pean History
Publication Date:
20110231
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
8 halftones.
Pages:
296
Dimensions:
7.5 x 4.5 in 13 oz

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"Review" by , "Bonhoeffer, a major German theologian and member of the resistance against Hitler, had no knowledge that his prison writings would be published and disseminated so widely. Yet his courageous convictions and creative theological ideas became highly influential for Christians, including Protestants (mainline), Catholics, Evangelicals, and Orthodox." --
"Review" by , "It is well worth the trip; the life of a book is different from a person and these letters have enjoyed a long life. They have been used and misused by many people over time and have brought comfort and pain to many readers. These papers, and letters, continue to be read today by students and scholars." --
"Review" by , "But the fact that a biography could be written about one of Bonhoeffer's books speaks more to the hold the martyred churchman still has on many people, decades after World War II." ---
"Synopsis" by , "Martin Marty's biography of Dietrich Bonhoeffer's widely acclaimed Letters and Papers from Prison is riveting. It was difficult to put it down. Under Marty's assured direction we are led on a fascinating journey from a Nazi prison cell to the then-East and West Germany, the rest of Europe, the United States, Latin America, Africa, and Asia to learn how this book meant so many and such different things to its varied audiences. We come away from Marty's opus thankful and exhilarated: deeply thankful that Bonhoeffer's brother-in-law Bethge preserved these 'letters and papers,' and exhilarated to discover yet again how God's deep reverence for our creaturely autonomy and integrity allows for such different apprehensions of the irruption of the divine. We are therefore enormously indebted to Marty for this biography."--Desmond Tutu, Archbishop Emeritus, Cape Town

"There is nothing else like this history of Bonhoeffer's Letters and Papers from Prison. Martin Marty writes with equal clarity and empathy of the Socialist, Catholic, Evangelical, and liberal Protestant receptions of the book. And Marty's book has an autobiographical dimension that others cannot match because he has been an informed observer--and sometimes participant--in many of the theological movements and controversies he describes."--Stephen Haynes, author of The Bonhoeffer Phenomenon: Portraits of a Protestant Saint

"This is a book with many unexpected discoveries. It is intriguing to read how Bonhoeffer's Letters and Papers from Prison came into being and even more so to learn how it was interpreted and misinterpreted. In fact, it is mind-boggling to discover how the same book has been claimed by East German Marxists, Evangelicals, God-is-dead theologians, mainline Protestants and Catholics, and secularists. Martin Marty is a great scholar and has done us a great service."--Peter Frick, editor of Dietrich Bonhoeffer: Meditation and Prayer

"Synopsis" by , For fascination, influence, inspiration, and controversy, Dietrich Bonhoeffer's Letters and Papers from Prison is unmatched by any other book of Christian reflection written in the twentieth century. A Lutheran pastor and theologian, Bonhoeffer spent two years in Nazi prisons before being executed at age thirty-nine, just a month before the German surrender, for his role in the plot to kill Hitler. The posthumous Letters and Papers from Prison has had a tremendous impact on both Christian and secular thought since it was first published in 1951, and has helped establish Bonhoeffer's reputation as one of the most important Protestant thinkers of the twentieth century. In this, the first history of the book's remarkable global career, National Book Award-winning author Martin Marty tells how and why Letters and Papers from Prison has been read and used in such dramatically different ways, from the cold war to today.

In his late letters, Bonhoeffer raised tantalizing questions about the role of Christianity and the church in an increasingly secular world. Marty tells the story of how, in the 1960s and the following decades, these provocative ideas stirred a wide range of thinkers and activists, including civil rights and antiapartheid campaigners, "death-of-God" theologians, and East German Marxists.

In the process of tracing the eventful and contested history of Bonhoeffer's book, Marty provides a compelling new perspective on religious and secular life in the postwar era.

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