Maybe it’s truly bad form to reply to a deleted post. On November 8 Dan at Poser or Prophet? posted and then deleted an entry called “Why Do North Americans Love Bonhoeffer So Much?” The answer to the subject line was “Because he can be used to justify both violence and compromise.” Now, I don’t know why he deleted the post, but I consider this question a cheap shot toward anyone who seriously tries to engage Bonhoeffer’s life and writings. If he really wants to throw this question out there he should leave the post up and not delete it. Those of us with RSS readers are going to read it anyway.
Now, first, when Dan refers to North Americans is he thinking of Canadians too? Secondly, his one sentence cheap shot seems to want to implicate Bonhoeffer in both violence and compromise. I don’t think Bonhoeffer would have felt the need to answer for himself to Dan, Pat Robertson, or anyone else who misunderstands him completely. Bonhoeffer was executed for crimes against the state. In the best of all Dan’s possible worlds, he should have joined the Bruderhof and fled Germany. That was the real will of God that Dietrich missed. Whatever.