Document Type

Honors Project

First Advisor

Dr. William Abshire

Degree Award Date

Spring 2004


Confessing Church, German Christian Church, Ideologies, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Martin Niemoller, Franz Hildebrandt, Bishop George Bell


History | Philosophy | Religion


Dietrich Bonhoeffer was executed on April 9, 1945 for his support in the plot to kill Hitler (Livingston 111). Bonhoeffer's decision to participate in the plot developed from his involvement and loss of confidence in the Confessing Church and his opposition to the views of the German National Church. Through examination of the philosophy of the Confessing Church and the German National Church, I will attempt to illustrate how Bonhoeffer' s own beliefs grew to the point that he saw the death of Hitler as the only option to end the atrocities being committed. In order to attempt to understand who Dietrich Bonhoeffer actually was, biographical information about his upbringing and early childhood influences will provide insight as to why Bonhoeffer chose the paths he did.