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"Cheap grace is the mortal enemy of our church. Our struggle today is for costly grace." And with that sharp warning to his own church, which was engaged in bitter conflict with the official Nazified state church, Dietrich Bonhoeffer began his book Discipleship (formerly entitled The Cost of Discipleship). Originally published in 1937, it soon became a classic exposition of what it means to follow Christ in a modern world beset by a dangerous and criminal government. At its center stands an interpretation of the Sermon on the Mount: what Jesus demanded of his followers - and how the life of discipleship is to be continued in all ages of the post- resurrection church. "Every call of Jesus is a call to death," Bonhoeffer wrote. His own life ended in martyrdom on April 9, 1945. Using the acclaimed DBWE translation, adapted to a more accessible format, this new edition features supplemental material from Victoria J. Barnett and an insightful introduction by Geffrey B. Kelly to clarify the theological meaning and social context of this attempt to resist the Nazi ideology.
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  • Paperback | 309 pages
  • 152 x 228 x 22.86mm | 336g
  • United States
  • English
  • 1506402704
  • 9781506402703
  • 536,332

Table of contents

Preface; Introduction - Geffrey B. Kelly; Preface; Part I: 1. Costly Grace; 2. The Call to Discipleship; 3. Simple Obedience; 4. Discipleship and the Cross; 5. Discipleship and the Individual; 6. The Sermon on the Mount (An Interpretation); 7. The Messengers (An Interpretation of Matthew 10); Part II: The Church of Jesus Christ and Discipleship; 8. Preliminary Questions; 9. Baptism; 10. The Body of Christ; 11. The Visible Church Community; 12. The Saints; 13. The Image of Christ.
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About Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1906-1945), a German theologian, pastor, and ecumenist, studied in Berlin and at Union Theological Seminary in New York City. He played a central role in the Confessing Church during the Nazi period and became one of the most influential theologians of the twentieth century.
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