Pastor, politician, and author, Christoph Friedrich Blumhardt (1842 1919) with his unconventional ideas about the kingdom of God, profoundly influenced a whole generation of European seekers. Among the luminaries he influenced were Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Emil Brunner, Oscar Cullman, and Karl Barth. Yet his vision and witness are still waiting to be discovered by most Americans, few of whom have had access to his works. He carried forward the work of his father, Johann Christoph Blumhardt (1805 1880), who is regarded by many as the key figure of German pietism.
Delp was a German Jesuit executed by the Nazis for anti-Hitler activities. During his months in prison he composed a series of books.