The Coming of God: Christian Eschatology / Edition 1

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Overview

Winner of Grawemeyer Award

In this remarkable and timely work - in many ways the culmination of his systematic theology - world-renowned theologian Jurgen Moltmann stands Christian eschatology on its head. Moltmann rejects the traditional approach, which focuses on the End, an apocalyptic finale, as a kind of Christian search for the "final solution." He centers instead on hope and God's promise of new creation for all things. "Christian eschatology," he says, "is the remembered hope of the raising of the crucified Christ, so it talks about beginning afresh in the deadly end."

Yet Moltmann's novel framework, deeply informed by Jewish and messianic thought, also fosters rich and creative insights into the perennially nettling questions of eschatology: Are there eternal life and personal identity after death? How is one to think of heaven, hell, and purgatory? What are the historical and cosmological dimensions of Christian hope? What are its social and political implications.

In a heartbreakingly fragile and fragment world, Moltmann's comprehensive eschatology surveys the Christian vista, bravely envisioning our "horizons of expectation" for personal, social, even cosmic transformation in God.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780800636661
  • Publisher: Augsburg Fortress, Publishers
  • Publication date: 8/1/2004
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 416
  • Sales rank: 352,333
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.85 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Abbreviations
Translator's Note
I The Coming God: Eschatology Today 1
1 The Transposition of Eschatology into Time 6
2 The Transposition of Eschatology into Eternity 13
3 The Eschatology of the Coming God 22
4 The Rebirth of Messianic Thinking in Judaism 29
II Eternal Life: Personal Eschatology 47
1 Loved Life and Death 49
2 The Immortality of the Soul or the Resurrection of the Body? 58
3 Is Death the Consequence of Sin or Life's Natural End? 77
4 Where are the Dead? 96
5 Death, Mourning and Consolation 119
III The Kingdom of God: Historical Eschatology 129
1 The Apocalypse of History 131
2 Messianic Eschatology: 'The Thousand Years' Empire' 146
3 Political Millenarianism: 'The Holy Empire' 159
4 Political Millenarianism: 'The Redeemer Nation' 168
5 Ecclesiastical Millenarianism: 'The Mother and Preceptress of the Nations' 178
6 Epochal Millenarianism: The Birth of 'Modern Times' out of the Spirit of Messianic Hope 184
7 Is Millenarian Eschatology Necessary? 192
8 End-Times of Human History: Exterminism 202
9 'The End of History': Post-historic Prophets 218
10 Is Apocalyptic Eschatology Necessary? 226
11 The Restoration of All Things 235
IV New Heaven - New Earth: Cosmic Eschatology 257
1 The Future of Creation - Sabbath and Shekinah 261
2 The Annihilation of the World or its Consummation? 267
3 The End of Time in the Eternity of God 279
4 The End of Space in the Presence of God 296
5 The Cosmic Temple: The Heavenly Jerusalem 308
V Glory: Divine Eschatology 321
1 The Self-Glorification of God 324
2 The Self-Realization of God 326
3 Interactions between Divine and Human Activity 330
4 The Fullness of God and the Feast of Eternal Joy 336
Notes 341
Index of Names 385
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