Between God and the Führer (The New York Times)


“Few theologians witnessed the juggernaut of Nazi depravity at closer range than Dietrich Bonhoeffer,” writes Professor Randall Balmer in a New York Times review of Charles Marsh’s Strange Glory: A Life of Dietrich Bonhoeffer.

Balmer writes that Marsh, a professor of religious studies at the University of Virginia, “renders Bonhoeffer’s life and thought in exquisite detail and with sympathetic understanding, and in the course of more than 500 pages, we see Bonhoeffer’s transformation from pampered scion and theological dilettante to energetic churchman and Christian martyr, all against the backdrop of cataclysmic changes in Germany.”

Balmer is the Mandel Family Professor in the Arts & Sciences and chair of the Department of Religion.

Read the full review, published 8/8/14 by The New York Times.

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