Bonhoeffer’s strange glory

From a NYT review of  Charles Marsh’s new biography, Strange Glory: A Life of  Dietrich Bonhoeffer:


On the final day of his life, before the Gestapo ushered him to Flossenbürg for execution, Bonhoeffer joined with others in the singing of “Eine Feste Burg Ist Unser Gott,” which Johann Sebastian Bach composed to the words that Luther had written while exiled in Wartburg Castle — lyrics better known in English as “A Mighty Fortress Is Our God.” Though often rendered lugubrious in American churches, Bonhoeffer (and possibly Bach as well) preferred that it be sung briskly, with “bouncing rhythms.”

“We still love life, but I believe that death can no longer surprise us,” Bonhoeffer wrote in his final months — a fitting epitaph for a genocidal century.


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