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God has granted American Christianity no Reformation. He has given it strong revivalist preachers, churchmen and theologians, but no Reformation of the church of Jesus Christ by the Word of God. Anything of the churches of the Reformation which has come to America either stands in conscious seclusion and detachments from the general life of the church or has fallen victim to Protestantism without Reformation…American theology and the American church as a whole have never been able to understand the meaning of ‘criticism’ by the Word of God and all that signifies. Right to the last they do not understand that God’s ‘criticism’ touches even religion, the Christianity of the churches and the sanctification of Christians, and that God has founded his church beyond religion and beyond ethics..
Without God, all seeing and perceiving of things and laws become abstraction..For what meaning would the goodness of human beings and the world have without God? Since God, however, as ultimate reality is no other than the self-announcing, self-witnessing, self-revealing God in Jesus Christ, the question of good can only find its answer in Christ. . . . The source of a Christian ethic is not the reality of one’s own self, not the reality of the world, nor is it the reality of norms and values. It is the reality of God that is revealed in Jesus Christ.
The American separation of church and state does not rest on the doctrine of the two offices or the two realms, which will remain ordained by God until the end of the world, each with its own duty fundamentally different from the other. The dignity of the state, which is developed in Reformation doctrine more strongly than anywhere else, grows weaker in American thought. The interplay of state and church becomes a relationship of subordination in which the state is merely the executive of the church. The state is essentially technical organisation and administrative apparatus. But the dignity of the divine office appears to be lost…
The Churches of the Reformation begin from the unity of the church of Christ. There can be only one church on earth. And this church alone is the true church. Division of the church means apostasy from the church, treachery to the true Church of Christ. The division of the church which took place at the Reformation can only be understood as a struggle for the real unity of the church. . .
Christ did not, like an ethicist, love a theory about the good; he loved real people. Christ was not interested, like a philosopher, in what is “generally valid,” but in that which serves real concrete human beings. Christ was not concerned about whether “the maxim of an action” could become “a principle of moral law,” but whether my action now helps my neighbor to be a human being before God…
Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1906 – 1945) was a German Lutheran theologian and pastor. Bonhoeffer was arrested, imprisoned and ultimately hanged just before the end of the Second World War in Europe.