Thursday, October 25, 2007

Some Good Stuff From Bonhoeffer

While listening to NPR's Speaking of Faith the other day I heard Krista Tippet (she did an MDiv. at Yale) interview a documentarian who recently finished a project on Bonhoeffer. Here was one of the quotes that I particularly enjoyed.

The first service that one owes to others in community consists in listening to them. Just as love for God begins with listening to His Word, so the beginning of love for the brethren is learning to listen to them. It is God's love for us that He not only gives His Word but also lends us His ear. …Many people are looking for an ear that will listen. They do not find it among Christians because these Christians are talking where they should be listening. But he who can no longer listen to his brother will soon be no longer listening to God either; he will be doing nothing but prattle in the presence of God. This is the beginning of the death of the spiritual life, and, in the end, there is nothing left but spiritual chatter and clerical condescension arrayed in pious words.

Then while reading John Webster's Holy Scripture: A Dogmatic Sketch I ran head on into another Bonhoeffer quote:

"The child poses a problem to theology"


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