Wednesday, February 7, 2007

Evil in Disguise by Bonhoeffer

Evil in Disguise
The great masquerade of evil has played havoc with all our ethical concepts. For evil to appear
disguised as light, charity, historical necessity, or social justice is quite bewildering to anyone brought
up on our traditional ethical concepts, while for Christians who base their lives on the Bible it merely
confirms the fundamental wickedness of evil....Who stands fast? Only those whose final standards are
not their reason, their principle, their conscience, their freedom, or their virtue, but who are ready to
sacrifice all this when they are called to obedient and responsible action in faith and in exclusive
allegiance to God - the responsible ones, who try to make their whole life an answer to the question and
call to God.
- Dietrich Bonhoeffer -
from Letters and Papers from Prison 2,4
from A Year with Dietrich Bonhoeffer Carla Barnhill, Ed., HarperSan Francisco, 2005

On January 30, 1933, Adolf Hitler is made chancellor of Germany

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