Q on the Last Decade: Trends by Crouch, Albums by Jackson, Albums by McCracken, and Books by Feinberg
Barth on Exegesis, Dogmatics, and Practical Theology

Reviews of Bonhoeffer by Eric Metaxas

Here are the links to six "major" reviews of Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy by Eric Metaxas (Thomas Nelson, 2010) that I know of in the order they were published in the last year. Each argues that the anachronistic American conservative evangelical bias is the book's weakness.



"Bonhoeffer: The evangelical hero."

by Andy Rowell

Th.D. student at Duke Divinity School

Books & Culture

June 2010




by Victoria Barnett

General Editor, Dietrich Bonhoeffer Works, English Edition and

Director of Church Relations, U. S. Holocaust Memorial Museum

Association of Contemporary Church Historians Newsletter

September 2010.



"Hijacking Bonhoeffer"

by Clifford Green

Executive director of Dietrich Bonhoeffer Works.

Christian Century

October 5, 2010



"Metaxas's Counterfeit Bonhoeffer: An Evangelical Critique"

by Richard Weikart

Department of History, California State University, Stanislaus and author of The Myth of Dietrich Bonhoeffer: Is His Theology Evangelical?

Reviewer's website.

January 2011



"The Grounds of Courage"

by Alan Wolfe

Professor of Political Science and Director of the Boisi Center for Religion and American Public Life at Boston College

The New Republic

February 3, 2011




"Agenda-Driven Biography: Two very different tellings of the life and times of Dietrich Bonhoeffer."

By Nancy Lukens

Nancy Lukens is a retired University of New Hampshire professor of German and women’s studies. She has translated works by Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Dorothee Soelle, and East German church leaders involved in the nonviolent opposition of the 1980s.


February 2011



This last article by Lukens recommends

Dietrich Bonhoeffer 1906-1945: Martyr, Thinker, Man of Resistance by Ferdinand Schlingensiepen (T & T Clark; released in English in June 2010).  This is also the book that J. Kameron Carter is using in his Duke Divinity course this semester on Bonhoeffer.   

See my Dietrich Bonhoeffer category for more on Bonhoeffer.



The review by conservative reformed blogger Tim Challies (May 25, 2010) and his subsequent reflection Counterfeit Bonhoeffer (Jan 18, 2011)


Bonhoeffer and Anonymous Evangelicals
by Carl Trueman
January 18, 2011
Reformation 21 blog


Redeeming Bonhoeffer (The Book): The problem with Eric Metaxas's portrayal of the German hero as an evangelical.

by Jason B. Hood 

Christianity Today online

February 7, 2011