Religionless Christianity

by religionfreebible


Toward the end of his life, while in a Nazi prison, Dietrich Bonhoeffer penned some provocative letters to his friend Eberhad Bethage. In some of these letters Bonhoeffer wrestles with a notion he labels “religionless Christianity.” Below is one of them…

“To Eberhard Bethage, April, 1944:

What is bothering me incessantly is the question what Christianity really is, or indeed who Christ really is, for us today. The time when people could be told everything by means of words, whether theological or pious, is over, and so is the time of inwardness and conscience–and that means the time of religion in general. We are moving toward a completely religionless time; people as they are now simply cannot be religious anymore. Even those who honestly describe themselves as “religious” do not in the least act up to it, and so they presumably mean something quite different by “religious.”

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