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Theology of Hope Paperback – September 1, 1993
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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
both the desparation and the 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,' and the
'Death of God' theology 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. Last year, Moltmann took up
the theme of eschatology once again in The Coming of God. It is quite
fitting that Moltmann should have returned, at the end of his theological
journey, to a theme with which he began 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.
The book is NOT for the casual reader. It is single space and packet with material, but every page was well worth the read. I can't say I agreed with every hypothesis presented, but a book of this strength, this thickness (thick in thinking), and wide in its exploration is like so many other books. It is like eating fish, you enjoy the majority of the fish, but there will be a few bones you may wish spit out.
For a scholar, teacher, parent, and pastor who wishes to built a structure and philosophy that contains a context of hope. For anyone who wants to understand hope from a western view and eastern view (and even the more central German/Italian peoples who view context and objects as fairly equal in giving or taking away hope).
I had heard of the title for years but never got around to reading it until I was doing a series on the subject of hope. Not only are Moltmann's words refreshing and powerful, but he does an excellent job sourcing and quoting from others. My only recommendation might be (this is what I did) to read a couple reviews of the book ahead of time to gain a "picture" of the overall theme and direction of the book ahead of time.
He states in the Preface to this 1965 work, "The following efforts bear the title Theology of Hope, not because they set out once again to present eschatology as a separate doctrine ... 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 enquire 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."
Moltmann writes, "Christianity is eschatology, is hope, forward looking and forward moving ... A proper theology would therefore have to be constructed in the light of its future goal. Eschatology should not be its end, but its beginning."
"Christianity stands or falls with the reality of the raising of Jesus from the dead by God. In the New Testament there is no faith that does not start a priori with the resurrection of Jesus." Yet he later admits, "What actually happened during the experience of his crucifixion and burial and his Easter appearances, is left in the darkness of the still unknown and still hidden God." He states, "his resurrection must then be understood not as a mere return to life as such, but as a conquest of the deadliness of death---as a conquest of god-forsakenness, as a conquest of judgment and of the curse, as a beginning of the fulfillment of the promised life, and thus as a conquest of all that is dead in death, as a negation of the negative, as a negation of the negation of God.Read more ›
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A good reading if you want to understand about true "hope" (Christ), though I caution you! The book may be difficult for some to read, as the author is quite through in... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Zach
I have never fully come to terms with apocalyptic. Much of it is left to 'the end is nigh' fanatics. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Mr. D. P. Jay
It is the second time that I have read this volume. I read it first in Portuguese some years ago and now in English. JÜRGEN MOLTMANN has a really impressive background. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Luis A. R. Branco
I dove into this book immediately as it was a reference in another resource. It most certainly has fulfilled my expectations.Published on May 6, 2013 by Ken Novak
Necessary for any serious religious study library, this classic is readable and fascinating. I recommend it for reading or study without reservations.Published on March 28, 2013 by FPB
Item was shipped quickly, and arrived well ahead of the anticipated date. The item was packaged well and as described!Published on December 16, 2012 by Rhonda S. Turner