Helmut Thielicke’s lectures, first spoken in defiance of the Nazi regime, are recorded here. He covers a wide range of topics, including, ethics, politics, the state, war, atomic power, economics, sex and art. Revolutionary in their time, they offer an example of how Christian faith can provide a strong ground to stand on when living in the constant danger of death.
Delivered during World War II when one after another of Thielicke’s meeting places were bombed, the lectures were aimed at people who were not conventional churchgoers and were not accustomed to the language and premises of the church. They were people who had to be met on their own ground, and then introduced to the Christian faith. Thielicke had a unique gift for finding the “point of contact” and addressing the Gospel to this point. Relevant even to this day, Thielicke’s words remind us what it is to be a Christian.
Originally translated and edited by the American Lutheran theologian John W. Doberstein, this reprinted edition of Man in God’s World was published to commemorate the thirtieth anniversary of Helmut Thielicke’s death.