Shortly after arriving in London, Bonhoeffer began to seriously consider a study trip to India…

…He wrote to his grandmother (Julie Tafel Bonhoeffer) that India had “more Christianity…than the whole Reich Church,”

by which he meant that Gandhi exemplified Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount better than Western Christians.  Bonhoeffer was particularly intrigued by the possibility of applying nonviolent methods in resisting Nazi tyranny (Stephen R. Haynes and Lori Brandt Hale, Bonhoeffer for Armchair Theologians, 40).