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The Baring of Humanity: Bonhoeffer

April 8, 2015

It is fitting in these times that we bring awareness to a young Christian idealist who was murdered at the hands of a devastating ideal known as Nazism. Dietrich Bonhoeffer was executed by hanging on April 9, 1945, just three weeks before Adolf Hitler committed suicide in his bunker. The irony here is that one gives his life while the other takes his life. This is a transcendent move in literature often overlooked in our day. It is an awareness piece convalescing through rites and rituals that are now showing platitudes of despair, but not while in compliance with the salutation of Humankind. Dietrich Bonhoeffer was just 39 years old when he was murdered.


Who stands firm? Only the one for whom the final standard is not his reason, his principles, his conscience, his freedom, his virtue, but who is ready to sacrifice all these, when in faith and sole allegiance to God he is called to obedient and responsible action: the responsible person, whose life will be nothing but an answer to God’s question and call.

— Dietrich Bonhoeffer





There is more to follow …



Peace and Love

  1. opheliart permalink

    APRIL 9, 2015 5:05 PM NE time

    I had asked Religious News Service if they would do a piece on Dietrich Bonhoeffer, but it seems they did not think him worthy of anything more than a one liner in one of Jonathan Merritt’s commentaries … earlier in the week. They did manage to get 3 articles up about Gay issues today.

    • opheliart permalink

      Allow us to share …

      The Islamic views on homosexuality are formed from the writings of the Qur’an and Prophet Muhammad’s Sunnah. It is not only a sin, but a crime under Islamic law.


      *NOTE: both Roman Catholicism and Islam are highly DOGMATIC, both with a history of extreme violence

      By contrast, there are now more than 200 mosques (including more than 40 mega-mosques), 2,600 Muslim prayer halls and a countless number unofficial mosques in Germany. Another 128 mosques are currently under construction, according to the Zentralinstitut Islam-Archiv, a Muslim organization based in Germany.

      In neighboring France, mosques are being built more often than Roman Catholic churches, and there now are more practicing Muslims in the country than practicing Catholics.

      Nearly 150 new mosques are currently under construction in France, home to the biggest Muslim community in Europe.

      New York’s Timothy Cardinal Dolan paid a visit last summer to the Albanian Islamic Cultural Center in Tompkinsville on Staten Island, where he met with a large group of Muslim leaders. As is often the case when Catholic prelates meet with Muslims, his theme was the common ground shared by the two faiths. Cardinal Dolan told his Islamic audience, “You love God, we love God, and he is the same God,” and he thanked them “for making me feel like a friend and a member of a family.” He went on to tell them how much they share in common with Catholics: “Your love of marriage and family, your love of children and babies, your love of freedom — religious freedom particularly — your defense of life, your desire for harmony and unity and your care for others, your care for God’s creation and your care for those who are in need.”

      AND what is the fasting growing religion? Islam, with many young wives having lots of babies … and everyday we hear of young people inspired and fueled by the extremism of these cults. Sounds like a different kind of Roman Catholic crusade!

      Now … put it all together. Instead of moving beyond the segregated, insulated, dogmatic of these religions … the far left, including militant atheists, uses Islam to slam Christianity … and America is having a love affair with gay ethics as if this is the only issue on the table.

      Everyday there are children starving, raped, molested, beaten, recruited for religious extremism, abused … young women abducted and raped and married off for breeding to build those armies … and what do our high school students get to hear?

      Um … has anyone matured?

      • opheliart permalink

        and then there’s this:

        and people get accused of bigotry and racism, DOING SATAN’S WORK, EVIL, HERETICAL … should they question the AUTHORITY of either of these cults. One is automatically labeled and refused her rights as a concerned citizen to know what is going on in our Society with our GOVERNMENT. WE HAVE A RIGHT UNDER THESE CIRCUMSTANCES TO BE ASKING QUESTIONS … TO PROTECT OURSELVES AND OUR FAMILIES, WE HAVE THE RIGHT WITHOUT CONDEMNATION … Indoctrination, militancy, breeding in fast numbers, subjugation and discrimination of women … Come on, people, it is not for some to tip-toe around these issues for fear of offending Religionists and Politicians! SOME OF THEIR “DOCTRINE” IS AN OFFENSE!

  2. opheliart permalink

    lashing out with a stick at a group of women?
    a security guard at the university that was part of the slaughter of innocent children?
    why would anyone trust government and law enforcement?

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