Graduate Papers/Theses

Date of Award


Document Type

Graduate Paper

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Liturgy


School of Theology and Seminary

First Advisor

Maxwell Johnson


Dietrich Bonhoeffer was a Lutheran pastor in pre-World War II Germany who chose to remain there to actively aid the forces opposing Hitler. He eventually resolved to collaborate in a eventually unsuccessful plot to assassinate the Fuhrer, for which he was executed on a grey Monday morning, April 9, 1945. In his Ethics he provides a rationale for his decision against Hitler. Although listed in the Lutheran Book of Worship calendar of commemorations, Bonhoeffer probably remains one of the lesser lights than the saints because of the nature of his activities leading to his death.



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