Meeting Jesus with Dietrich Bonhoeffer and Woody Guthrie

The neoprimitive blog: Meeting Jesus with Dietrich Bonhoeffer and Woody Guthrie

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In 1933, Dietrich Bonhoeffer wrote some words that might burn your biscuits. Here they are:

For the proletariat, it is easy to depict Christ as allied with the Church of the bourgeois society. Then the worker sees no reason to give Jesus a qualified place or status. The Church is one with the stupefied and oppressive capitalist system. But at this very point the working class may distinguish between Jesus and his Church; he is not the guilty party. Jesus, yes; Church, no! . . . What does it mean when the proletarian says, in his world of mistrust, ‘Jesus was a good man?’ It means that nobody needs to mistrust him. The proletarian does not say, ‘Jesus is God.’ But when he says, ‘Jesus is a good man, he is saying more than the bourgeois says when he repeats, ‘Jesus is God.’ (Christ the Center, trans. Edwin…

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