Christian theology needs to rediscover its key figures from time to time, and the 200th anniversary of Søren Kierkegaard’s birth this past year provided such an occasion. Confessional documents too need to be continually rediscovered, as readers bring to them new questions and concerns. This past year also marked the 450th anniversary of the Heidelberg Catechism, which remains one of the best-known Reformation-era confessions. As Eberhard Busch notes, “A piece of work like this stays alive only as people think through its message in their own times.”
In his “conversation with the Heidelberg Catechism” Busch returns to its Question 32, “Why are you called a Christian?” and provides a contemporary answer. Drawn to Freedom is a translation of Busch’s 1998 book and retains the colloquial feel of the original, with its flashes of humor and frequent appeal to popular German proverbs, poems, and hymns.