Bonhoeffer: The Cost of Moral Leadership

Bonhoeffer: The Cost of Moral Leadership

The Cost of Moral Leadership: The Spirituality of Dietrich Bonhoeffer by Geffrey B. Kelly This is a very comprehensive study of the works of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, a German Lutheran pastor, theologian, religious martyr who was put to death in 1945 by the Nazis.  He was his era's most radical pastor-priest-prophet, a rare Christian leader who spoke and lived his faith in the face of death. Bonhoeffer is a very interesting character in history.  On the one hand he was a pacifist who embraced prayer as the purifying bath into which the individual and the community must enter into everyday.  He believed that to be free is not to be free from God but to be free from untruth. On the other hand, Bonhoeffer who was completely against Nazi nationalism, participated in an attempt to assasinate Adolf Hitler, this led to his arrest and eventually to his execution by hanging. This book focuses on the theologian's ideas of moral leadership.  It considers his Christocentric spirituality and the elements in his thought, such as compassion, soliderity with the oppressed, and community.  It is a study tha reflects the complexity of Bonhoeffer's thought, which was not an unquestioned absolute pacifism, but one that responded to each crises as it arose.