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The Cost Of Discipleship Dietrich Bonhoeffer

The Cost Of Discipleship

Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Published 1996
ISBN : 9780334002598
285 pages
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When Christ calls a man, he bids him come and die. With these words, in The Cost of Discipleship, Dietrich Bonhoeffer gave powerful voice to the millions of Christians who believe personal sacrifice is an essential component of faith. Bonhoeffer, a German Lutheran pastor and theologian, was an exemplar of sacrificial faith: he opposed the Nazis from the first and was eventually imprisoned in Buchenwald and hung by the Gestapo in 1945. The Cost of Discipleship, first published in German in 1937, was Bonhoeffers answer to the questions, What did Jesus mean to say to us? What is his will for us to-day? Bonhoeffers answers are rooted in Lutheran grace and derived from Christian scripture (almost a third of the book consists of an extended meditation on the Sermon on the Mount). The book builds to a stunning conclusion: its closing chapter, The Image of Christ, describes the believers spiritual life as participation in Christs incarnation, with a rare and epigrammatic confidence: Through fellowship and communion with the incarnate Lord, Bonhoeffer writes, we recover our true humanity, and at the same time we are delivered from that individualism which is the consequence of sin, and retrieve our solidarity with the whole human race. --Michael Joseph Gross