1975 1st year edition; "Edited and with an Essay by John W. De Gruchy"; The Seabury Press publishers, New York; hardbound in bronze boards with silver stamp lettering along spine; very good condition with unmarked pages; dust jacket very good.
Published thiry years after Dietrich Bonhoeffer's death, this book has a double interest. First it assesses the international discussion of the personality and theology. Dr. Bethge shows that he understands very well why so many people have been fascinated --and why they have reacted in such different ways. But a Bonhoeffer's pupil, friend, editor and biographer he knows that this very famous man's thought deserves more serious attention than it has yet received. His book is therefore more a stimulus than a retrospect. He states the agenda for the next thirty years. Second, he proves the fertility of Bonhoeffer's ideas by relating them briefly to the Churches under Communism and at greater lenght to South Africa.
Based on lectures given at the University of Cape Town, and with a chapter by the Sough African theologian John de Gruchy, this book explores afresh some of the questions as urgent for a christian under apartheid as for one under Nazism. How does the christian ministry become credible in a Church of integrity? What are true ecumenism and authentic theology? How is a Christian to choose between compromise and martyrdom? These were not simple questions to Bonhoeffer; that is why the answers he reached can help Christians caught up in new crises, dilemmas and tragedies.