Jordan Ballor adds to the Bonhoeffer discussion over on the Touchstone blog this morning.
“In response, I’ll point out that part of the academic critique is simply what academics are wont to do when looking at a popular book. There isn’t enough nuance here, this detail is wrong there, and so on. As I’ve said elsewhere, Metaxas’ biography is not a substitute for a scholarly biography like Eberhard Bethge’s. Still, it does show some surprising sensitivity for a popular biography. Metaxas rightly notes that Bonhoeffer was seeking to articulate a Protestant form of natural law in his Ethics, an aspect of Bonhoeffer’s work that has largely escaped the notice of academics. Perhaps you don’t get a modern political left/right dichotomy in scholarship all that often, but in Bonhoeffer’s case you do get a Barthian/liberal theology divide.”
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