Thursday, June 17, 2010

The only thing not preached

I just reached Chapter 7, "Bonhoeffer in America," in Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy. Dietrich Bonhoeffer has come to New York City in 1930 to study for a year at Union Theological Seminary. The chapter begins with these quotations:
[The Union students] talk a blue streak without the slightest substantive foundation and with no evidence of any criteria... They are unfamiliar with even the most basic questions. They become intoxicated with liberal and humanistic phrases, laugh at the fundamentalists, and yet basically are not even up to their level.

In New York they preach about virtually everything, only one thing is not addressed, or is addressed so rarely that I have as yet been unable to hear it, namely, the gospel of Jesus Christ, the cross, sin and forgiveness, death and life.

Dietrich Bonhoeffer