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Bonhoeffer: “He had a Critical Ability to Cope with other Views” (Reinhold Seeberg)

In this age of American hyper-identity politics and the resulting disintegration of political and religious discourse, Dietrich Bonhoeffer stands as a model for developing integrated approaches to theology and public discourse through his independent critical engagement with both the liberal Protestant and dialectical/neo-orthodox schools of his day. The most accurate portrayal of Bonhoeffer’s theological development […]

Simone Weil: “We have to try to cure our faults by attention and not by will” (Essay By David Norling)

“If we turn our mind toward the good, it is impossible that little by little the whole soul will not be attracted thereto in spite of itself.” – Simone Weil (Note: All block quotes hereafter are attributed to Weil) I can’t find a Weil quote that says this explicitly, but I remember coming away from […]

The Transfiguration: “Revealing the Defeat of Death” (Guest Post By Fr. Kenneth Tanner)

This piece originally was broadcast as a sermon by Fr. Kenneth Tanner at the virtual Open Table Conference (III) that took place February 26-28, 2021. It has been formatted for written form and appears here with the author’s permission. Scripture Readings: Mark 8:31-37, 9:1-10 “The transfiguration is a revelation of the defeat of death.” On […]

Dietrich Bonhoeffer and the “Twisted Cross of Nazism”

In Bonhoeffer’s context, Hitler and the Nazis harnessed populist energy from Germany’s post-WWI humiliation to spread propaganda aimed to essentially “make Germany great again” in the image of national socialism and its charismatic demi-god. Hitler cast himself as the pinnacle strongman—chosen by “God” nonetheless—to purge the nation of its weaknesses and impurities, promising to restore […]

A Documentary Review by Brad Jersak

“Come home. You’re better than this.” —Daniel Dietrich, Hymn for the 81% You had me at Brian Zahnd. When the first seven days of 2021 had already trumped (sic) the insanity of 2020, and Christian nationalism had erupted in all manner of ‘prophetic’ blasphemies, I was neither surprised nor confused. That’s a lie. But I […]