Theology from Under the Rubble: Conclusions and Final Thoughts

Throughout this Lent, we’ve been digging into the depths of the human experience, exploring different ways Christians throughout history have responded to the Darkest Nights of their lives, and of their societies: illnesses, invasions, oppression, and social collapse. My hope for the series was that by hearing the voices of those who have had to … Continue reading Theology from Under the Rubble: Conclusions and Final Thoughts

The Paschal Mystery of the Church: Fr. Alexander Men and the End of the Soviet Empire

This series, Theology from under the Rubble, has looked at faithful Christian responses to a wide range of crises, external and internal, personal and corporate. Today I’d like to look more specifically at the crisis of the Church, which has itself undergone that same range of external and internal, local and universal calamities. Internally, the … Continue reading The Paschal Mystery of the Church: Fr. Alexander Men and the End of the Soviet Empire

On Hope and the Cross: Jürgen Moltmann’s Search for a Life ‘after Auschwitz’

Last week, we saw how Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s Christian commitments forced him to resist the Third Reich, speaking out to the point of being labeled an enemy of the state and ultimately involving himself in a plot to assassinate Hitler. His was a theology of Christian responsibility that was formed and articulated in the crucible of … Continue reading On Hope and the Cross: Jürgen Moltmann’s Search for a Life ‘after Auschwitz’

Redeeming Lost Time: Bonhoeffer on Disrupted Lives

Today in this Lenten series, “Theology from under the Rubble,” I’m going to pause a moment to reflect on a further theme in Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s thought that seems particularly relevant today. As I was reading through his Letters and Papers from Prison, I was struck by his reflections on time — specifically how the prolonged … Continue reading Redeeming Lost Time: Bonhoeffer on Disrupted Lives

The Call to Christian Responsibility: Bonhoeffer vs. the Third Reich

So far in this series on what the Christian tradition has had to say in the midst of crises and disasters, the issues have all had outside causes: the Babylonian invasion of Judah, the Visigoths’ sack of Rome, John Donne’s illness, and the Black experience of White oppression. But happens when it’s your own people … Continue reading The Call to Christian Responsibility: Bonhoeffer vs. the Third Reich