Dietrich Bonhoeffer pressed this concept in his correspondence while in prison. Some feel, including this author that he was in process of one more great work, but the Gestapo came for him too soon and the work has been lost. Should you be touring Germany among some of his locations you might want to “nose around” for any manuscripts left lying around unattended. It could be his work and we would love to read his thoughts on this matter.
In the meantime, we understand his intentions. The mere mention of “religiosity” always clarifies the mental picture he intended. It’s when the traditions and nostalgia have taken over the intended heart of our faith, producing comfortable substitutes.
This page seeks to expose some of those distractions, breaking those icons and encourage a more enriching experience of faith.
— Exposing Substitutes for Honest Faith
— When Religion and Christianity Collide
Transcendence of Church
“We don’t go to church to hear lectures on ethical behavior, we go to look at the mysteries, and all the substitutes for communion with God are not worth anyone’s time. . . . If you can’t go to church and, for at least a moment, be given transcendence; if you can’t go to church and pass briefly from this life into the next; then I can’t see why anyone should go. Just a brief moment of transcendence causes you to come out of church as a changed person.
(Interview with “Wittenberg Door”)
_ _ _ _
“The more a society drifts from truth,
the more it will hate those that speak it.”
— George Orwell