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We cannot fathom what Dietrich Bonhoeffer went through…

The act of free responsibility demonstrates precisely that Bonhoeffer’s ethics is not about being and doing good, but about discerning God’s will in context and, having done everything possible to avoid being deluded by self-interest or seduced by fanaticism, to act accordingly, trusting in God’s grace.

Bonhoeffer’s inner struggle with such issues is poignantly revealed in his essay “After Ten Years”, written as a Christmas gift so some of his co-conspirators a few months before his arrest (John de Gruchy, ed., Dietrich Bonhoeffer: Witness to Jesus Christ, 35).

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