Donald G. Bloesch wrote the following tribute to Dietrich Bonhoeffer

In perhaps no other century has the church seen so many confessors and martyrs to the faith as in this one.  Countless Christians have placed their lives on the line for the gospel.  Most of these witnesses to the passion and victory of Christ are relatively unknown, but some have become public signs of God’s kingdom.  I have in mind a number of candidates for sainthood in the new religious situation in which we find ourselves – people who have refused to bow the knee to Baal and whose stories have increasing significance for our time.

[In the 1930s] Dietrich Bonhoeffer, a then relatively unknown German Lutheran pastor and theologian, aroused the ire of the Nazis by his radio address attacking the Nazi leadership principle and also by his open support of the Confessing Church movement.  Having founded what soon became an underground seminary at Finkenwalde in Pomerania, he demonstrated in his own life what he had urged on others – that fidelity to the kingdom of God takes precedence over all other loyalties, including that which we owe to our nation.  By the late 1930s, Bonhoeffer’s activities were greatly restricted by the Gestapo.  Two of his former professors at Union Theological Seminary in New York succeeded in bringing him safely to America but he could not allow himself to remain in refuge, detached from the sufferings of his people. Against his teachers’ advice, he boldly decided to return to Germany, even though by this time he was a marked man.

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