Theology Of Hope / Edition 1

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"The following efforts bear the title Theology of Hope, not because they set out once again to present eschatology as a separate doctrine and to compete with the well known textbooks. Rather, their aim is to show how theology can set out from hope and begin to consider its theme in an eschatological light. For this reason they inquire into the ground of the hope of Christian faith and into the responsible exercise of this hope in thought and action in the world today. The various critical discussions should not be understood as rejections and condemnations. They are necessary conversations on a common subject which is so rich that it demands continual new approaches."
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Christianity Today
With clear decisive strokes, Moltmann shows that for both Jews and Christians history is rooted in actual events and sets its sights on a real future in accordance with God's promises.... Hope is the other side of faith and more than anything else is the unique characteristic of Christianity.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780800628246
  • Publisher: Augsburg Fortress, Publishers
  • Publication date: 9/1/1993
  • Series: Works of Jurgen Moltmann Series
  • Edition description: 1st Fortress Press ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 344
  • Sales rank: 685,053
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.72 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 17, 2000

    Groundbreaking Work in Theology

    Moltmann's Theology of Hope represents a groundbreaking work in theology. The original German work was entitled Theologie der Hoffnung, and was written in 1965 during the period of West German Reconstruction. In the work, Moltmann attempts to articulate the Christian hope as a challenge to the materialism and official optimism of a Reconstruction that sought only to return to the glory days of the past rather than live in the hope of a completely new future that comes from God, who lives not so much above us but in front of us, drawing us into God's own future for the world. Moltmann skillfully weaves together elements of Ernst Bloch's Prinzip der Hoffnung (Principle of Hope), Hegel's 'Speculative Good Friday,' the 'Death of God' theology, and insights from the Eschatological School of Theology in 1960's Germany to present the Christian hope to the post-war Europe (and world). Thus, Moltmann's Theology of Hope has earned itself a place among the greatest works of theology in the 20th century. The book created a rush of interest in eschatology within theological circles, which soon took the name 'Theology of Hope' in the later 1960's. Shortly before his death last year, Moltmann took up the theme of eschatology in The Coming of God. It is quite fitting that Moltmann should have ended his theological career at the Univ. of Tuebingen as he began it some 35 years ago, with the hope of the coming God, who draws the cosmos to God's own end (purpose) for it. We would all be well served to follow Moltmann's advice: it is not so important to understand history from the perspective of the end, as it is to transform it, as we live in hope (anticipation) of God's future for it.

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