This seies, produced by a project dedecated to the reprinting of Bonhoeffer's works with commentary and additional footnotes is excellent in every way. Since much attention has been given to 'The Cost of Discipleship' in the English translation, this edition of the original 'Discipleship' is all the more important.
Bonhoeffer's hardest hitting book about faith in the Christian context - although his argument may well stand up in other faiths too. 'Cheap Grace' versus 'Costly Grace' - an interesting and challenging argument presented by an incredible man.
This is an excellent scholarly edition of one of Bonhoeffer's best known works, with a very detailed note system. Bonhoeffer found himself in much the same situation as Kirkegaard (who greatly influenced him) in that both reacted against a dead Lutheran church. Like the earlier pietist movement, he also wanted to get back to faith of the real Luther, as opposed to lutheranism. He constantly criticizes the lutheranism of his day for its lack of spine, particularly in the area of repentance and obedience. Sometimes his reasoning is hard to follow and over-subtle and "churchy" rather than biblical. He is clearly influenced by late medieval pietism (the suffering Christ etc) and tends to stress this to the detriment of the ministry of the Holy Spirit. He does not do enough justice to the Jewish background of most of the biblical passages that he discusses. On the other hand one has to realize that Bonhoeffer was a member of the Lutheran Church engaged in a life and death struggle with the Nazi ideology of his day. In spite of all this, his redeeming feature is that, as a (Christian) existentialist man of action, he practised what he preached and this eventually cost him his life. What I find particularly irritating with this particular edition of Bonhoeffer's work is the North American obsession with gender neutrality. It is an anachronism (and slightly dishonest) to put into Bonhoeffer's mouth gender neuter language. However, the editors are to be congratulated on using a modern translation of the Bible.