More than anything else, Eric Metaxas in *Bonhoeffer Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy *relates the decline of Lutherism and the danger of state Churches that merge a cultural or national identity with a Christian faith. I also couldn’t help but read the story in terms with our American century, the decline in my own lifetime of the Church in the Public Square here in the States with the rise of fascism in Germany in between the wars. I kept replaying the questions of “How could this happen?” with “How does this compare with now?” the smothering of the Church and Christian morality by the American secular state.
Reading selections and a reflection here:
A book review and the prologue from Bonhoeffer here: