The Cost of Discipleship (Paperback)
By Dietrich Bonhoeffer
One of the most important theologians of the 20th century illuminates the relationship between ourselves and the teachings of Jesus
What can the call to discipleship, the adherence to the word of Jesus, mean today to the businessman, the soldier, the laborer or the aristocrat? What did Jesus mean to say to us? What is his will for us today? Drawing on the Sermon on the Mount, Dietrich Bonhoeffer answers these timeless questions by providing a seminal reading of the dichotomy between "cheap grace" and "costly grace." "Cheap grace," Bonhoeffer wrote, "is the grace we bestow on ourselves...grace without discipleship....Costly grace is the gospel which must be sought again and again, the girl which must be asked for, the door at which a man must know....It is costly because it costs a man his life, and it is grace because it gives a man the only true life."
"The Cost of Discipleship" is a compelling statement of the demands of sacrifice and ethical consistency from a man whose life and thought were exemplary articulations of a new type of leadership inspired by the Gospel, and imbued with the spirit of Christian humanism and a creative sense of civic duty.
About the Author (1906-1945)
Dietrich Bonhoeffer, a Christian pastor and theologian, was executed for contributing to a plot to assassinate Adolf Hitler and resisting Germany's Nazi regime in other ways.
Born in Breslau in 1906, he was educated at the universities of Tübingen and Berlin, where he was awarded a doctorate in 1927 at the tender age of 21.
By the time he was 30 he had pastored German-speaking Protestant congregations in Spain and England and taught theology at Berlin University. He was finally silenced as a professor for teaching Christian non-cooperation with the totalitarian government. At one point he hired on as a German intelligence agent but was arrested in 1943 for using the office to rescue Jews, recruit foreign support for the resistance and keep pastors of the anti-Nazi, underground Confessing Church out of the military.
He was one of the those implicated in Claus von Stauffenberg’s failed 1944 attempt on Hitler's life. He was hanged in a concentration camp in Flossenbürg three weeks before Hitler died.
Bonhoeffer also made many great contributions to theology. In addition to The Cost of Discipleship, he wrote “Act and Being,” “Ethics” and a posthumously published collection of “Letters and Papers From Prison”
•Paperback: 320 pages
•Publisher: Touchstone; 1st edition (September 1, 1995)
•Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.5 x 0.9 inches
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