Enough of God

Gilbert Meilaender on Losing Him in Translation

Recently I had occasion to read again portions of Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s Discipleship. It is known to many English readers as The Cost of Discipleship, the title of an earlier English translation published by Macmillan. But as volume four of the English Edition of Bonhoeffer’s Works now being published by Fortress Press, it is simply Discipleship (translating Bonhoeffer’s German title, Nachfolge).

That is all well and good, and the English edition of the Works contains useful introductions, footnotes, and bibliographies—each of which helps readers more fully to understand the text. In this way the scholarly life makes progress.

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Gilbert Meilaender is the Duesenberg Professor in Christian Ethics at Valparaiso University. His books include Neither Beast nor God: The Dignity of the Human Person (Encounter Books) and Should We Live Forever?: The Ethical Ambiguities of Aging (Eerdmans). He is a Lutheran.

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