Book Review: Life Together

Edge Induced Cohesion

Life Together:  The Classic Exploration Of Christian Community, by Dietrich Bonhoeffer

This book is short and demanding, and in many ways it reminded of C.S. Lewis’ similar treatment in Mere Christianity, which is a compliment any book should consider itself fortunate to receive.  Although Lewis and Bonhoeffer were quite different, they were contemporaries and, I believe, would have found a great deal of common cause concerning their views of Christian ethics, not least based on their similar views about the root of sin in pride.  It is unclear how the two would have gotten along, but this book, fortunately, gets along very well even if provides a difficult and demanding and often paradoxical view of Christian fellowship.  Contrary to a great deal of contemporary thought, the author does not view fellowship as being for the healing of broken believers, but one imagines that having written this book before the immense…

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About jamesbradfordpate

My name is James Pate. I study the History of Biblical Interpretation at Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati, Ohio, as part of its Ph.D. program. I have an M.A. in Hebrew Bible from Jewish Theological Seminary, an M.Div. from Harvard Divinity School, and a B.A. from DePauw University. This blog is about my journey. I read books. I watch movies and TV shows. I go to church. I try to find meaning. And, when I can’t do that, I just talk about stuff that I find interesting.
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