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Father, grant to the souls thou hast been chastening 

that thou hast promised, the healing and the cure.

 
 

Books by Bonhoeffer

No Rusty Swords / The Cost of Discipleship / Letters and Papers from Prison  /  Sanctorum Communio

A Testament to Freedom: The Essential Writings  /  Psalms: The Prayer Book of the Bible Ethics  

No Difference in the Fare: Dietrich Bonhoeffer and the Problem of Racism

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Powers of Good

                                  By Dietrich Bonhoeffer

 

With every power for good to stay and guide rne, 

comforted and inspired beyond all fear, 

I'll live these days with you in thought beside me, 

and pass, with you, into the coming year.

The old year still torments our hearts, unhastening; 

the long days of our sorrow still endure; 

Father, grant to the souls thou hast been chastening 

that thou hast promised, the healing and the cure.

Should it be ours to drain the cup of grieving 

even to the dregs of pain, at thy command, 

we will not falter, thankfully receiving 

all that is given by thy loving hand.

But should it be thy will once more to release us 

to life's enjoyment and its good sunshine, 

that which we've learned from sorrow shall increase us, 

and all our life be dedicate as thine.

Today, let candles shed their radiant greeting; 

lo, on our darkness are they not thy light 

leading us, haply, to our longed-for meeting? -

Thou canst illumine even our darkest night.

When now the silence deepens for our hearkening, 

grant we may hear thy children's voices raise 

from all the unseen world around us darkening 

their universal paean, in thy praise.

While all the powers of good aid and attend us, 

boldly we'll face the future, come what may. 

At even and at morn God will befriend us, 

and oh, most surely on each newborn day!

                                                                             December 1944

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Forged: Writing in the Name of God

Why the Bible's Authors Are Not Who We Think They Are

By Bart D. Ehrman

The evocative title tells it all and hints at the tone of sensationalism that pervades this book. Those familiar with the earlier work of Ehrman, a distinguished professor of religious studies at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and author of more than 20 books including Misquoting Jesus, will not be surprised at the content of this one. Written in a manner accessible to nonspecialists, Ehrman argues that many books of the New Testament are not simply written by people other than the ones to whom they are attributed, but that they are deliberate forgeries. The word itself connotes scandal and crime, and it appears on nearly every page. Indeed, this book takes on an idea widely accepted by biblical scholars: that writing in someone else's name was common practice and perfectly okay in ancient times. Ehrman argues that it was not even then considered acceptable—hence, a forgery. While many readers may wish for more evidence of the charge, Ehrman's introduction to the arguments and debates among different religious communities during the first few centuries and among the early Christians themselves, though not the book's main point, is especially valuable.—Publishers Weekly  / Forged Bart Ehrman’s New Salvo (Witherington)

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Santeria: The Beliefs and Rituals 

of a Growing Religion in America

By Miguel A. De La Torre

This book by Miguel De la Torre offers a fascinating guide to the history, beliefs, rituals, and culture of Santeria -- a religious tradition that, despite persecution, suppression, and its own secretive nature, has close to a million adherents in the United States alone. Santeria is a religion with Afro-Cuban roots, rising out of the cultural clash between the Yoruba people of West Africa and the Spanish Catholics who brought them to the Americas as slaves. As a faith of the marginalized and persecuted, it gave oppressed men and women strength and the will to survive. With the exile of thousands of Cubans in the wake of Castro's revolution in 1959, Santeria came to the United States, where it is gradually coming to be recognized as a legitimate faith tradition.

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The White Masters of the World

From The World and Africa, 1965

By W. E. B. Du Bois

W. E. B. Du Bois’ Arraignment and Indictment of White Civilization (Fletcher)

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