ERIC METAXAS TO PRESENT THE LIFE AND MISSION OF WWII GERMAN RELIGIOUS MARTYR DIETRICH BONHOEFFER AT PEACHTREE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH ON THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 2013
Join bestselling author Eric Metaxas as he shares the story of how Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s life gives witness to one man’s extraordinary faith and to the tortured fate of the nation he sought to deliver from the curse of Nazism. Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy is the story of a life framed by a passion for truth and a commitment to justice on behalf of those who face implacable evil. Mr. Metaxas’s presentation will begin at 7:00pm on Thursday, 2/21/13, in the Main Sanctuary of Peachtree Presbyterian Church in Atlanta’s Buckhead area.
Ticket prices are $19 for adults, $10 for students. Ample free parking will be available the night of the event.
Eric Metaxas will detail the compelling chronicle of one man’s struggle against Nazism and its intimidation of the German Church. His legacy includes a poignant body of work that documents his struggles to determine the will of God and his exemplary calm and concern for others as he faced the prospect of his own death. Posthumously he has become a source of inspiration for people like Desmond Tutu, Vaclav Havel and Martin Luther King, Jr .
Dietrich Bonhoeffer was born into a comfortable, upper middle class family and he risked it all to join the German Resistance. He had deep respect for human life, but he committed himself to joining plots to assassinate Hitler. Facing the death sentence in prison, he wrote some of the most compelling theology of the 20th century.
In 1930 Dietrich Bonhoeffer, a brilliant young theologian just beginning his career, taught for a year at Union Theological Seminary in New York. On weekends he volunteered to teach at the Abyssinian Baptist Church in Harlem. He became deeply impressed by the gospel of social justice and by the intense worship style of African Americans.
Bonhoeffer returned to Germany as Hitler was rising to power and he quickly saw the connection between Hitler’s treatment of the Jews and the racial discrimination he had seen in America. Ominously, two days after Hitler was installed as Chancellor, as Bonhoeffer delivered a radio address denouncing Hitler, he was cut off the air.
Eric Metaxas is the author of the New York Times #1 bestseller, Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy, which was named “Book of the Year” by the ECPA. Bonhoeffer also won the 2011 John C. Pollock Award for Biography awarded by Beeson Divinity School and a 2011 Christopher Award in the Non-fiction category. Called a “biography of uncommon power,” Bonhoeffer appeared on numerous 2010 “Best of the Year” lists and was featured in the Wall Street Journal, Publishers Weekly, The New Republic, Harper’s, Kirkus (starred review), NPR, FoxNews, C-SPAN’s Book TV, Christianity Today, The Weekly Standard, and First Things. Metaxas was the keynote speaker at the 2012 National Prayer Breakfast in Washington DC, an event attended by the President and First Lady, the Vice President, members of Congress, and other U.S. and world leaders. Previous keynote speakers have included Mother Theresa, Bono, and Tony Blair.
Peachtree Presbyterian Church is located at 3434 Roswell Road NW in Atlanta’s Buckhead area. For information concerning Sunday morning service times and locations, sermon schedule, directions to the church, musical recital and concert dates & times and other points of interest, please visit www.peachtreepres.org or call us at 404-842-5800.