Discipleship

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Fortress Press, May 1, 2003 - Religion - 384 pages
"Cheap grace is the mortal enemy of our church. Our struggle today is for costly grace." And with that sharp warning to his own church, which was engaged in bitter conflict with the official nazified state church, Dietrich Bonhoeffer began his book Discipleship (formerly entitled The Cost of Discipleship). Originally published in 1937, it soon became a classic exposition of what it means to follow Christ in a modern world beset by a dangerous and criminal government. At its center stands an interpretation of the Sermon on the Mount: what Jesus demanded of his followers-and how the life of discipleship is to be continued in all ages of the post- resurrection church. "Every call of Jesus is a call to death," Bonhoeffer wrote. His own life ended in martyrdom on April 9, 1945. Freshly translated from the German critical edition, Discipleship provides a more accurate rendering of the text and extensive aids and commentary to clarify the meaning, context, and reception of this work and its attempt to resist the Nazi ideology then infecting German Christian churches.
 

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More detailed than abridged "Cost of Discipleship"

User Review  - Larry - Christianbook.com

This book is a must read for Bonhoeffer fans and goes deeper than the "Cost of Discipleship" which is an abridged version of this book. Bonhoeffer's writing style is very straight forward and "matter ... Read full review

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User Review  - JRexV - LibraryThing

Bonhoeffer presents his views on what it means to be in true Christian community. It is not easy and not what we necessarily expect, but the ideal is worth pondering and pursuing. Read full review

Contents

Editors Introduction to the English Edition
1
Preface
37
Part One
41
Costly Grace
43
The Call to Discipleship
57
Simple Obedience
77
Discipleship and the Cross
84
Discipleship and the Individual
92
The Body of Christ
213
The Visible ChurchCommunity
225
The Saints
253
The Image of Christ
281
Editors Afterword to the German Edition
289
Chronology of Discipleship
315
Bibliography
319
Index of Scriptural References
341

The Sermon on the Mount
100
The Messengers An Interpretation of Matthew 10
183
The Church of Jesus Christ and Discipleship
199
Preliminary Questions
201
Baptism
205
Index of Names
349
Index of Subjects
353
Editor and Translator Biographies
365
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