Works on Dietrich Bonhoeffer are very much in vogue. But just when you think you’ve got a handle on him something comes along to really rock the boat. Coming this October is a new book from Baker Academic entitled Bonhoeffer the Assassin?: Challenging the Myth, Recovering His Call to Peacemaking. Don’t miss that question mark after “assassin.” This book is swimming against the tide of prevailing thought that Bonhoeffer was a reluctant but eventual conspirator to assasinate Adolph Hitler. Here’s the catalog description. The highlighted part is mine for emphasis.
Most of us think we know the moving story of Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s life-a pacifist pastor turns anti-Hitler conspirator due to horrors encountered during World War II-but does the evidence really support this prevailing view? This pioneering work carefully examines the biographical and textual evidence and finds no support for the theory that Bonhoeffer abandoned his ethic of discipleship and was involved in plots to assassinate Hitler. In fact, Bonhoeffer consistently affirmed a strong stance of peacemaking from 1932 to the end of his life, and his commitment to peace was integrated with his theology as a whole. The book includes a foreword by Stanley Hauerwas.
The authors are:
Mark Thiessen Nation (PhD, Fuller Theological Seminary) is professor of theology at Eastern Mennonite Seminary in Harrisonburg, Virginia.
Anthony G. Siegrist (ThD candidate, Wycliffe College, University of Toronto) is assistant professor in Bible and theology at Prairie Bible Institute in Three Hills, Alberta.
Daniel P. Umbel (MDiv, Eastern Mennonite Seminary) lives in Federal Way, Washington.
Watch for it this October. Bonhoeffer as Assasin? will be a paperback with 256 pages and will sell for $29.99.