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The Bonhoeffer Phenomenon: Portraits of a Protestant Saint

The Bonhoeffer Phenomenon: Portraits of a Protestant Saint

Stephen Haynes's provocative study articulates the many motives and agendas that readers and scholars have brought to their study of Bonhoeffer, making it difficult to assess objectively the relationship of his political and religious commitments, the real meaning of his theology, and his words and actions on behalf of Jews. Reading Haynes's book helps us learn not only what Bonhoeffer has to teach us but also what it is we most desire to learn.
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  • Publisher Fortress Press
  • Format Paperback
  • ISBN 9780800636524
  • Age/Grade Range Adult
  • Dimensions 6 x 9
  • Pages 296
  • Publication Date May 25, 2004


''This book has been waiting to be written. I am delighted to be numbered amongst its readers and commend it to others.''
— John W. de Gruchy, editor of Dietrich Bonhoeffer (Fortress Press, 1991)

''Explaining the grip of Bonhoeffer on people of different cultures and perspectives is a worthy and intriguing subject. . . . A valuable resource.''
— Larry Rasmussen, Reinhold Niebuhr Professor of Social Ethics, Union Theological Seminary, New York City

''Stephen Haynes's analysis of Bonhoeffer's 'sainthood' may seem iconoclastic to some, especially in regard to the 'Jewish Question'; but this is the best kind of iconoclasm as it attests to Bonhoeffer's complexity, which continues to push us to break new ground.''
— Josiah U. Young III, author of No Difference in the Fare: Dietrich Bonhoeffer and the Problem of Racism