Dietrich Bonhoeffer

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  • Christian moral action: Dietrich Bonhoeffer
    • Executed on Christian beliefs
      • Stood up against the Nazis
      • Failed assassination of Hitler
    • Joined the confessing church and the resistance
      • Christianity is communal
    • God wants us to obey to the state if the state is acting in a just way
      • Also have a duty to the people
      • Should always follow God's ethics and not human ethics because humans are essentially broken
      • Christians should always be looking back to God's will
      • Generally should obey the government
        • Aquinas
          • Ordering society is one of the primary precepts in natural law
            • As long as the government doesn't oppose God's law
        • State doesn't represent God's will the church does, Church keeps the state in check
    • Opposed autonomous ethics
      • Humans make decisions relying on love and love is a human idea


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