Brian Rosner, a fellow of the Centre for Public Christianity, writes in today’s The Australian about Dietrich Bonhoeffer, a German church leader whose involvement in the famous Valkyrie plot to assassinate Hitler led to his death; a man who Kevin Rudd admired most. In these difficult times for Kevin Rudd, Rosner offers words of solace from Bonhoeffer; a man whose high hopes ended too, in disappointment.

While Rosner’s words are addressed to the former Prime Minister, Bonhoeffer is a shining example for all Christians in times of doubt and difficulty. Bonhoeffer’s Christian faith helped him to focus on the ‘invaluable’. Rosner reminds us that like Kevin Rudd, Bonhoeffer’s resilience was not cultural or constitutional, but theological.