The Lines of Duty

Throughout history rare men have risen in times of strife, acting unselfishly while striving to achieve an end for the betterment of mankind. In many cases they succeed, to be long remembered for their words, battlefield exploits, or deeds: William Wilberforce, Thomas Paine, Thomas Jefferson, Winston Churchill, and George Patton are a few that spring to mind. Too often success is elusive, as was the case with Dietrich Bonhoeffer, whose name has been often overlooked in history. His is a name deserving to be remembered, not forgotten. One historian who has told the story is Eric Metaxas, in his biography of Bonhoeffer, he describes him as being a “theologian, martyr, a spiritual writer, a musician, a pastor, and an author of poetry and fiction”. Bonhoeffer, a Christian of deep integrity, lived in the troubled times of Hitler’s rise to power and the ensuing war. During this time, the good Pastor went through a period of self-doubt regarding his faith....(Read Full Article)