Author: Frederick Meekins
Bio: Frederick Meekins
Date: August 30, 2015
|Topic category: Religion & Philosophy in the News
In a column regarding Dietrich Bonhoeffer, shouldn’t Cal Thomas have been a bit more reserved in his praise of the theologian executed by the Nazis?
Bonhoeffer should be honored for his stand against tyranny and for modeling many of the values Christians strive to incorporate into their own lives such as standing up for what they believe to be right even when it is not the popular thing to do.
But in terms of belief and doctrine, Bonhoeffer is far from being the ideal Christian many of our religious leaders uplift him to be.
According to Biblical Discernment Ministries, Bonehoffer undermined the sinlessness of Jesus, downplayed individual salvation (instead equating that eternal state with church membership), and suggested that Christ’s Resurrection was not so much an historical event but rather a mythological one (a fancy way of saying that the event is probably just a story from which we can draw inspiration but not likely one that actually transpired).
In the Christian life, one’s profession of faith must be backed by more than mere words.