The Cost of Discipleship
One of the most important theologians of the twentieth century illuminates the relationship between ourselves and the teachings of Jesus What can the call to discipleship, the adherence to the word of Jesus, mean today to the businessman, the soldier, the laborer, or the aristocrat? What did... show more
One of the most important theologians of the twentieth century illuminates the relationship between ourselves and the teachings of Jesus What can the call to discipleship, the adherence to the word of Jesus, mean today to the businessman, the soldier, the laborer, or the aristocrat? What did Jesus mean to say to us? What is his will for us today? Drawing on the Sermon on the Mount, Dietrich Bonhoeffer answers these timeless questions by providing a seminal reading of the dichotomy between "cheap grace" and "costly grace." "Cheap grace," Bonhoeffer wrote, "is the grace we bestow on ourselves...grace without discipleship....Costly grace is the gospel which must be sought again and again, the girl which must be asked for, the door at which a man must know....It is costly because it costs a man his life, and it is grace because it gives a man the only true life." The Cost of Discipleship is a compelling statement of the demands of sacrifice and ethical consistency from a man whose life and thought were exemplary articulations of a new type of leadership inspired by the Gospel, and imbued with the spirit of Christian humanism and a creative sense of civic duty.
Publish date: September 1st 1995
Pages no: 320
Edition language: English
Series: Dietrich Bonhoeffer Works (#4)
I added several quotes from this, and it's certainly worth reading; however, in my opinion, the writing (perhaps the translation?) got a bit dry at times and bordered on pedantic. I'm glad I stuck with it, but honestly, I'm also glad I finished.
Dense, heavy, and occasionally antiquated theology but filled with brilliant, inspirational insights
Bonhoeffer argues in this book that the Christian is not to believe in "cheap grace", but is called to be a disciple of Christ. Most of the book is spent examining the Sermon on the Mount. Bonhoeffer does an excellent job of highlighting Jesus' words and letting them have their full effect. Chris...
Definitely a book to be reread & chewed upon thoughtfully.
I read this when I was young and wasted time in christian church. It was about how christians should deluded themselves that they have a purpose in life that is link to an all powerful god. This is bullshit, of course. As there is no god. And whatever purpose in life one should have, it has nothing ...