Dietrich Bonhoeffer and Arnold Koster

Two Distinct Voices in the Midst of Germany's Third Reich Turmoil

By Paul Spanring

Foreword by Keith W. Clements

Dietrich Bonhoeffer and Arnold Koster

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  • Pages: 290
  • Publication Date: 10/24/2013
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Dietrich Bonhoeffer and Arnold Koster

Two Distinct Voices in the Midst of Germany's Third Reich Turmoil

By Paul Spanring

Foreword by Keith W. Clements

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  • ISBN: 9781620322260
  • Pages: 290
  • Publication Date: 10/24/2013
  • Retail Price: $34.00
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About-

Discipleship is the heartbeat of the Christian Church. This book explores how "following Jesus" was understood and lived by the Lutheran Dietrich Bonhoeffer and the Baptist Arnold Koster during the Third Reich era.

Baptists and Lutherans often define the tension of being in the world but not of it in terms of two separate realms: the kingdom of God and the kingdom of the world. However, their understanding of these and their delicate connection is quite nuanced. Within the Lutheran tradition, the two kingdoms are held in tension, which in turn leads to a precarious interaction of state and church. In the (Ana)Baptist tradition, a much stricter duality is emphasized, resulting in a more radical and separatist stance. This book seeks to understand and compare the historical development of these two viewpoints and to discover how these traditions, represented in the lives of two individual followers, responded to the ideological onslaught of neopaganism and the enforced political conformity of the Third Reich.

Compared to Dietrich Bonhoeffer, little is known of the Baptist preacher Arnold Koster. His ministry as a pastor of the Baptist church in Vienna lasted from 1928-1960. During the Nazi regime, he consistently preached critically and prophetically against its underlying ideology.

Endorsements & Reviews-

"Spanring rescues Koster's (Ana)Baptist path of resistance from obscurity, and by contrast throws new light on Bonhoeffer's path. His comparative study reveals two men who drew skillfully on their respective traditions while fighting just as courageously against distortions of them. Arguing that their lives serve as boundary markers on opposite sides of the path of discipleship, Spanring urges fellow travelers to remember they followed Jesus to the borders by clinging closely to Christ, the center."
--Joel Burnell, lecturer of Evangelical Seminary, Poland

"This book is a highly significant study on the concept of Christian discipleship as it was forged in response to the Nazi tyranny. . . . [F]or both Bonhoeffer and Koster, discipleship, Nachfolge, following Jesus, was the central term for Christian identity. How they came to work this out in practice, and what this meant for their respective understandings of the church, constitutes a major theme of Paul Spanring's study. . . . [A] fine contribution both to church history and to contemporary exploration on what it means to be Christian and church in the world, which deserves to be read and reflected upon as widely as possible in all traditions and in all places."
--from the foreword by Keith W. Clements

Contributors-

Paul Spanring
Keith W. Clements

Bio(s)-

Paul Spanring is the minster of Cheddar Baptist Church in Somerset, UK. He has been involved in Christian work in his native country of Austria as well as Micronesia and Africa.

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