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The Experiment Hope: Paperback – October 9, 2003
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Text: English, German (translation) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
Jurgen Moltmann is Professor Emeritus of Theology at the University of Tubingen in Germany, and one of the most prominent and revered scholars in contemporary Christian theology. From 1963 to 1983, he was a member of the Faith and Order Committee of the World Council of Churches. He is the author of numerous influential books, including "The Theology of Hope", "The Crucified God", "The Way of Jesus Christ", "The Spirit of Life", and "The Coming of God", for which he was awarded the prestigious Grawemeyer Award in Religion in 2000.
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This book contains fourteen essays, written roughly between 1966-1974. He observes in the first essay that Christian theology finds its relevance in the "hope for the kingdom of the crucified one... (who) became the brother of the oppressed, the poor, and the abandoned, of those without legal rights, and of those who are unrighteous.. Therefore brotherhood with these... is a part of being a brother of Christ..." (Pg. 4) The Bible is "the book of the poor, the oppressed, and the hopeless. It is not the book of ruling priests and lords." (Pg. 7)
Moltmann praises theology students who do not want to become clergy, since "the church must finally accept the fact that its theologians do not have to be sent into the world before anything can happen: its laity are already in the world." (Pg. 11) A Christian theology of hope, he argues, "is not grounded in optimism but in faith. It is not a theology ABOUT hope, but a theology growing OUT OF hope in God." (Pg. 45) But he adds that "there is no true theology of hope with is not first of all a theology of the cross." (Pg. 72)
However, man is basically enslaved by anxiety, and liberation from anxiety happens in the first place through faith---not through social improvements." (Pg. 115) He suggests that "Life in hope entails risk and leads into danger and confirmation, disappointment and surprise. We must therefore speak of the experiment of hope... These two sides of the experiment---experience and temptation---emerge sharply in Christian hope." (Pg. 188)
These essays shed further light on the development of Moltmann's theological views.