Hope Against Hope

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The hopes by which the modern West has lived are widely understood to have failed. At the outset of the third millennium, we see the ideology of historical progress for what it is -- a myth that can no longer provide humanity with grounds for true hope. In Hope against Hope Richard Bauckham and Trevor Hart present a way forward -- through a radical faith in a global future that is in God's hands.

Using the present failure of secular hope as the context for a renewal of the ...

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Overview

The hopes by which the modern West has lived are widely understood to have failed. At the outset of the third millennium, we see the ideology of historical progress for what it is -- a myth that can no longer provide humanity with grounds for true hope. In Hope against Hope Richard Bauckham and Trevor Hart present a way forward -- through a radical faith in a global future that is in God's hands.

Using the present failure of secular hope as the context for a renewal of the Christian vision for the future, Bauckham and Hart seek to re-source Christian hope from its rich heritage of biblical promises and their interpretation in the Christian tradition. In a fresh and skillful way they explore the major images of eschatology -- the Antichrist, the millennium, the last judgment, the kingdom of God, and others -- proposing the category of imagination as the key to understanding their significance today. The authors insist throughout on the cosmic scope of Christian eschatology, writing of God's future not just for human individuals but for the whole creation, and they explore the relevance of such an eschatology for Christian living in the present.

A thoroughly interdisciplinary work that integrates biblical study, systematic theology, and astute analysis of contemporary Western culture, Hope against Hope is unique in offering a heartening look at the future from the perspective of life today.

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Princeton Seminary Bulletin
"A readable, consistent diagnosis and proposed cure for the infirmities of Christian eschatological hope."

Theological Studies
"Hope Against Hope is a powerful apologia for the Christian hope in the transcendent fulfillment of history by the God of Jesus."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780802843913
  • Publisher: Eerdmans, William B. Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 10/21/1999
  • Pages: 248
  • Sales rank: 1,021,163
  • Product dimensions: 0.56 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 9.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
1 The Decline of Secular Hope 1
2 The Hope of an Ending 26
3 The Wager on Transcendence: in Search of an Ecology of Hope 44
4 Ambiguous Vision: Hope, Imagination and the Rhetoric of the Unsayable 72
5 Images of Hope 109
6 Breaking the Spiral: the State We're in and the Possibility of Progress 174
Epilogue: Hope as the Child of the Future 211
Notes 213
Index of Personal Names 227
Subject Index 231
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