Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1906-1945) is regarded widely as a Christian martyr and Protestant saint. He was a Lutheran pastor and theologian who spoke out early against Hitler’s sinister plans for Germany and the world and especially his pretensions to be fulfilling some godly plan for restoring German greatness.
As the deaths of unarmed black men in confrontations with police officers continue to mount, #BlackLivesMatter is becoming more than a movement or a hashtag — it is becoming a theology. In this, it is following in the historical footsteps of the civil rights movement of the 1960s. ReligionLink (religion journalists) looks at where and how #BlackLivesMatter is working its way into religious settings.
In the last six months, four record-breaking storm systems have trashed whole cities and rural areas in the Philippines, Sardinia, Illinois and England. The greatest loss of life by far was in the Philippines, as residents there had no basements or storm-secure buildings in which to escape the devastating tidal surge provoked by the strongest storm system ever recorded by satellite.