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Eric Metaxas
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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. While Bonhoeffer was in London, who does Metaxas identify as the church leader who became his most important contact in the ecumenical movement?

2. Who does Metaxas report Bonhoeffer's first love to be?

3. What question regarding the reformation became increasingly important to Bonhoeffer as the Nazis became increasingly demanding of the Lutheran church?

4. What was a recurring them that Bonhoeffer taught in the years before he became involved in the illegal seminaries of the Confessing Church, according to Metaxas?

5. What was the politically dangerous message that Metaxas reports Bonhoeffer made in a sermon at Trinity Church in Berlin one month after Hitler became Chancellor?

Short Essay Questions

1. What event during Bonhoeffer's trip to Rome does Metaxas suggest to have begun developing Bonhoeffer's understanding of the concept of "church"?

2. How did Bonhoeffer's parents hear of his death, according to Metaxas?

3. What is the reason Metaxas gives for why the German church willingly capitulated to the demands of Adolf Hitler during the 1930's?

4. How does Metaxas claim that Bonhoeffer suggested Christians' treatment of Christ while he was in Barcelona?

5. For what was Bonhoeffer's maternal great-grandfather, Karl August von Hase, well known according to Metaxas?

6. Who does Metaxas claim to have inspired Bonhoeffer to desire to travel to Rome?

7. What does Metaxas report to be the "Night of the Long Knives"?

8. How does Metaxas explain the Fuherer Principle?

9. What does Metaxas identify as the Greek idea that Bonhoeffer considered to be "the most sever enemy" that Christianity ever had?

10. Why does Metaxas lament Martin Luther's late-in-life anti-Semitic comments?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Hitler passed the Nuremberg Laws that virtually eliminated the citizenship of Jews in Germany. Review the Nuremberg Law and explain how they eliminated Jewish citizenship. Detail the response of Bonhoeffer to the laws and how Christian leaders through Germany responded to Bonhoeffer. Why did the Christian leaders respond in the way they did?

Essay Topic 2

While Bonhoeffer was an associate pastor to Friedrich Olbricht, his intensity and expectations of Christians conflicted with Olbricht's approach to his flock. Identify an irreconcilable conflict that came of the different personalities and one thing that Bonhoeffer took from his time in Barcelona that affected his life's ministry. Detail how these items continued to affect his relationships, his ministries, and his theology throughout his life.

Essay Topic 3

Review the Bonhoeffer's inmates at Buchenwald. Detail how his relationship with them upheld his views of Christian leadership and the principles of inclusion that he pursued through the ecumenical movement.

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