Friday, July 27, 2012

Was Dietrich Bonhoeffer against Abortion?

Dietrich Bonhoeffer

In his new biography on Dietrich Bonhoeffer, author Eric Metaxas quotes Bonhoeffer's thought.
“Destruction of the embryo in the mother’s womb is a violation of the right to live which God has bestowed upon this nascent life. To raise the question whether we are here concerned already with a human being or not is merely to confuse the issue. The simple fact is that God certainly intended to create a human being and that this nascent human being has been deliberately deprived of his life. And that is nothing but murder.”[1]
Bonhoeffer was crystal clear on the morality of abortion. It is murder.

[1] Metaxas, Eric (2010-04-20). Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy (p. 472). Thomas Nelson. Kindle Edition, quoting from Bonhoeffer's book, Ethics.

1 comment:

  1. So Bill, I take it you are reading Metaxis' book on Bonhoeffer? If so, looking forward to a review from you on it soon. I read Bonhoeffer's Cost of Discipleship in college. As I recall, I thought it a great book then. Have you read any of his works? Any comments on his theology?