Religion: Good Books in a Bad Year

Although many religious publishing houses have closed, consolidated or moved into secular publishing, religious books have had a quality year. Among the best:

DIETRICH BONHOEFFER by Eberhard Bethge. 867 pages. Harper & Row. $17.95.

Theologian, reluctant rebel, martyr of the German Confessing Church in its struggle against Hitler, Dietrich Bonhoeffer has become something of a religious folk hero in recent years, credited variously with being both a religious Che Guevara and a founder of secular theology. Eberhard Bethge, Bonhoeffer's student, coconspirator, and literary executor, expands what is already known about Bonhoeffer, but also adds...

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