The word “heretic” is often thrown around today to denounce someone for espousing an idea deemed “unbiblical” or “unorthodox” or “contrary to the teachings of the church.” It carries a negative connotation, often meant to cast a poor soul out of a community to be shunned, exiled, and sometimes even tortured with words or sharp implements. And in extreme cases, killed and ultimately damned. But as one looks at the history of heretics, one finds quite a few surprises.
Before you predict the end of the world, you may want to read this.
Dietrich Bonhoeffer was a pastor and a pacifist who struggled with how to be true to his convictions while battling one of the greatest evils of the twentieth century. His inspirational story is as relevant today as it has ever been.