One of the most recognizable episodes in the life of Dietrich Bonheoffer is his involvement in the conspiracy against the Nazis, a decision that would cost him his life. The conspiracy attempted—and failed—to assassinate Hitler. Yet God forbids us to commit murder. So how did Bonheoffer understand his own involvement? The key to understanding this pivotal moment in Bonheoffer’s life can be found in this line from Ethics: “Because Jesus took the guilt of all human beings upon himself, everyone who acts responsibly becomes guilty” (DBWE 6:234). What did he mean by this, and what does it mean for Christian ethics today?
Join Gabriel Morgan, Vicar at St Paul Lutheran Church in Tampa, as he leads a conversation on this important topic.
Gabriel is a graduate of Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York, receiving the Master of Divinity degree in 2012, He also holds a Doctor of Philosophy degree from the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia, which is now called United Lutheran Seminary. His dissertation was on Dietrich Bonhoeffer and Paul Ricoeur. Originally from Tampa, Gabriel is also an alumnus of the University of South Florida with a Bachelor’s in philosophy.