If I had a megaphone that could sound in the ears of American Evangelicals, (whoever they really are) or people identified as “born again,” I would unpack just two essays that teach lessons from recent history, Christian identity, and church/state relations in the American Protestant church. These two essays would be: (drum roll please)
2.) Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s “Protestantism Without Reformation”(No Rusty Swords, pgs. 88-113, Fount Paperbacks, 1977).
(Of course, the best place to start for understanding this one is with Eberhard Bethge’s biography of Bonhoeffer on pages 658-660. I’ll spend more time with this in my blog of Chapter Eleven in a bit.)
The first hurdle would be to republish these to make them readily accessible. Secondly, a bridge is needed from the writer’s time to our own, and a general attempt to explain the importance of dogmatics to everyday Americans today. American “born agains” need to understand themselves as part of the universal Church, and with that gain some perspective in terms of what they can learn from other nations, and other histories outside of our perspective. Both of these writings, if unpacked right, offer a potential new awakening. I’m not sure I’m the one to do this. I’m still learning so much myself. If I ever see it in print, or something like it, I’ll let you know!