Dietrich Bonhoeffer remains one the 20th century’s greatest and most influential theologians. In this episode Dr. Marsh and I discuss our love for Bonhoeffer, his life, theology, and more. Charles recently published a Bonhoeffer biography titled Strange Glory that I couldn’t put down. In this episode you get to hear us talk about some of the fresh insights into Bonhoeffer’s life and thought Marsh unpacked in his book. We will discuss his fascination with Catholicism, friendship with Karl Barth, his childhood neighbor Adolf Von Harnack, the influence of Reinhold Niebuhr on him, and his homoerotic friendship with Eberhard Bethge.
Charles Marsh is professor of religious studies and director of the Project on Lived Theology at the University of Virginia. In this interview he and I had so much fun talking Bonhoeffer our passionate interchange had us moving back and forth between parts of Dietrich’s life and theological conversation partners. His new biography of Bonhoeffer, Strange Glory: A Life of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, is amazing. You should really buy it, read it and enjoy. Also if you are an audiophile the audio book is available as well so no excuses.