Who Was Dietrich Bonhoeffer?

German pastor and theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer unreservedly engaged the moral dilemmas faced by German citizens in the 1930s and paid for his beliefs and activism with his life when he was murdered in a concentration camp by the Nazi regime.

Bonhoeffer was a fluent academic, attending Universities and Seminaries in Germany and America, and receiving his doctorate in theology from the University of Berlin.  He pastored and lectured in many churches including the Evangelical Church of the Old Prussian Union, Zion’s Church Congregation, St. Paul’s and Sydenham, and was a key founding member of the Confessing Church<.Besides a pastor and theologian, Bonhoeffer was also a spy, an anti-Nazi dissident, and a brilliant author.His writings on Christianity’s role in the secular world have become widely influential, and his book The Cost of Discipleship has become a modern classic.