Four Christian Responses to Jewish Suffering during the Holocaust (C. S. Lewis, Thomas Merton, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, André and Magda Trocmé)
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Against Indifference analyzes four responses to Jewish suffering during the Holocaust, moving on a spectrum from indifference to courageous action. C. S. Lewis did little to speak up for victimized Jews; Thomas Merton chose to enclose himself in a monastery to pray for and expiate the sins of a world gone awry; Dietrich Bonhoeffer acted to help his twin sister, her Jewish husband, and some other Jews escape from Germany; and the Trocmés established protective housing and an ongoing “underground railroad” that saved several thousand Jewish lives. Why such variation in the responses of those who had committed their lives to Jesus Christ and recognized that His prime commandment is to love God and others? This book provides answers to this question that help shed light on current Christians and their commitment to victims who suffer and need their help. “C. S. Lewis, Thomas Merton, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, and André and Magda Trocmé are key twentieth-century Christians, as different as they have been influential. Viewing them through Holocaust-related lenses, Carole J. Lambert’s Against Indifference shows brilliantly how their responses to Jewish suffering ranged from ‘minimal action to maximal intervention’ and underscores passionately what her twenty-first century readers most need to learn from those revelations.”—John K. Roth, Edward J. Sexton Professor Emeritus of Philosophy, Claremont McKenna College; Author, The Failures of Ethics: Confronting the Holocaust, Genocide, and Other Mass Atrocities “This book will make you think—and weep. It is disturbing and inspiring, challenging and depressing all at...
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