Gabi Bogdan – Selections from Dietrich Bonhoeffer – Who am I ?

Silence in the face of evil is itself evil
God will not hold us guiltless
Not to speak is to speak
Not to act is to act.
Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Who Am I? by Deitrich Bonhoeffer

Who am I? They often tell me I stepped from my cell’s confinement Calmly, cheerfully, firmly, Like a Squire from his country house.

Who am I? They often tell me I used to speak to my warders Freely and friendly and clearly, As thought it were mine to command.

Who am I? They also tell me I bore the days of misfortune Equably, smilingly, proudly, like one accustomed to win.

Am I then really that which other men tell of? Or am I only what I myself know of myself? Restless and longing and sick, like a bird in a cage, Struggling for breath, as though hands were compressing my throat, Yearning for colors, for flowers, for the voices of birds, Thirsting for words of kindness, for neighborliness, Tossing in expectations of great events, Powerlessly trembling for friends at an infinite distance, Weary and empty at praying, at thinking, at making, Faint, and ready to say farewell to it all.

Who am I? This or the Other? Am I one person today and tomorrow another? Am I both at once? A hypocrite before others, And before myself a contemptible woebegone weakling? Or is something within me still like a beaten army Fleeing in disorder from victory already achieved?

Who am I? They mock me, these lonely questions of mine. Whoever I am, Thou knowest, O God, I am thine!

Dietrich Bonhoeffer – Standing Against Adolf Hitler

(24 Minutes) Dietrich Bonhoeffer was a theologian, martyr, a spiritual writer, a musician, a pastor, and an author of poetry and fiction. The integrity of his Christian faith and life, and the international appeal of his writings, have received broad recognition and admiration, all of which has led to a consensus that he is one of the theologians of his time whose theological reflections might lead future generations of Christians into creating a new more spiritual and responsible millennium. Dietrich Bonhoeffer was a German theologian famous for his stand against Adolf Hitler and the Nazi party. His beliefs and convictions ultimately cost him his life in a Nazi concentration camp. Dietrich Bonhoeffer was one of the most famous theologians and martyrs of the 20th century.

Dietrich Bonhoeffer – Standing Against Adolf Hitler from The Story of Liberty on Vimeo.


Eric Metaxas speaks with a panel of Templeton students about his book „Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy.” via Ben Lucescu.

Bonhoeffer and the Cost of Discipleship from Templeton Honors College on Vimeo.

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