Fleming Rutledge is a preacher and teacher known throughout the US, Canada, and parts of the UK. She is the author of eight books, all from Eerdmans Publishing. Her most recent book, The Crucifixion: Understanding the Death of Jesus Christ, is the product of the work of a lifetime and is being described as a new classic on the subject.
One of the first women to be ordained to the priesthood of the Episcopal Church, she served for fourteen years on the clergy staff at Grace Church on Lower Broadway at Tenth Street, New York City.
Fleming and her husband celebrated their 50th anniversary in 2009 and have two daughters and two grandchildren. She is a native of Franklin, Virginia.
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Friday, February 17, 2006Sophie Scholl: The Christian as witness in a time of evil
For many years there has been a stream of books and documentary films, mostly ignored, about the student movement called The White Rose and, in particular, Sophie Scholl. This young German's extraordinary witness of resistance against the Nazis impressed even her persecutors. Sophie was guillotined by the Reich after several harrowing days of interrogation. The newest film about Sophie, The Last Days , has been nominated for an Oscar. Perhaps now this story will become as well known as it should be.
What is especially important is that Sophie was a devout Christian, a fact that the undependable Wikipedia fails to mention. On another website I found at least this sentence:
"In Munich Sophie met artists, writers and philosophers, particularly Carl Muth and Theodor Haecker, who were important contacts for her concern with the Christian faith. Of foremost importance was the question of how the individual must act under dictatorship."
American Christians are not in a dictatorship nor in danger of losing our lives (unless we are in the armed forces). However, as more and more information accumulates by the day about abuse and torture under American auspices, it is our responsibility to ask ourselves some of the questions Sophie and her friends asked their theological teachers.
I have not yet had an opportunity to see the movie but I hope to view it soon. Here is a link to an informative review:
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