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The Beginnings of Tyranny

For those not yet convinced of the danger Trump presents to American democracy, here are words written in his biography of Dietrich Bonhoeffer by Eberhard Bethge about the beginning of Hitler’s tyranny in 1933: ———————————————————————— The day before the Reichstag … Continue reading

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Bonhoeffer Understood trump Supporters

In “After Ten Years,” the small set of brief essays written by Bonhoeffer in 1942 as he reflected back on a decade of resisting Hitler, one of the most important passages is entitled “On Stupidity.” It’s point is simple: When … Continue reading

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Bonhoeffer, trump, and Hitler

In the essay called After Ten Years, in which he reflects on lessons learned in their decade of resisting Hitler, Bonhoeffer includes a section called “On Success.” He is thinking of the fact that Hitler had rid the country of … Continue reading

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Stupidity and Evil

After ten years of resisting Hitler and the Nazis, Dietrich Bonhoeffer wrote an essay asking the question, “Who Stands Firm?” What kind of people have proven able to see and resist Hitler with patience and persistence? By this time, December … Continue reading

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Irresponsibility: trump’s favorite tool

Dietrich Bonhoeffer, a young theologian in Germany in the 30s, was one of the first to publicly speak out against Adolf Hitler, recognizing Hitler’s lust for tyrannical powers. A fundamental concept in the thinking of Dietrich Bonhoeffer was “responsibility.” We … Continue reading

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We’re Not So Far from Nazi Germany

By the start of 1933 Germany was desperately weak. Devastated by World War I, plunged into economic collapse by the bursting of the bubble in the American stock market, bewildered by a rapid succession of failed Chancellors, the German people … Continue reading

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Bonhoeffer: Stupidity is a rotten enemy

More than a year ago I posted a quotation from Dietrich Bonhoeffer, the German pastor/theologian who was executed for his resistance to Hitler. He wrote these words after nine years of trying to help people see that Hitler was nothing … Continue reading

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