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The passion for life: A messianic lifestyle Hardcover – 1978
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He wrote in the Preface to this book (originally published in German in 1977), "The chapters in this book arose out of the life of the congregation and are meant to serve the formation of a lively congregation... In them I would like to speak to members of the congregation not as a pastor or a theology professor but as a member of the congregation... Some of the chapters of this book were first given as lectures during a memorable trip through the United States ... in 1976."
He asserts in the first chapter that "if we want to learn to live today, we must consciously WILL life. We must learn to love life with such a passion that we no longer become accustomed to the powers of destruction. We must overcome our own apathy and be seized by the passion for life." (Pg. 22)
He urges that "We must again and again become deeply absorbed in the passion of Christ if we are to know that he suffers because of us, for he wants to suffer us. In the depths of his suffering we perceive the greatness of his passion for us. We are disarmed whenever we recognize the suffering of God which has borne and still bears his passion to us." (Pg. 31) He suggests that through our openness and our suffering "God becomes our master," and the form of our lives may be broken, so that "his form may come to expression." (Pg. 39)
He deals with the objection that by applying worldly-sounding titles to Jesus---King of Kings, Lord of Lords, the Superstar!---this may justify world rulers in the political misery they they effect, by noting, "Who is it who has been called the prophet of God? Who but the derided Son of man from Nazareth... If he is the prophet of God, then there is an end to every pretentious prophetic posture!" (Pg. 54) Late in the book, he states, "The story of the searching love of God is essentially the story of God's 'thirst and desire' for his image on earth and, thus, the story of his suffering." (Pg. 92)
This book is useful as an accessible introduction to Moltmann, as well as an exposition of some areas he has not covered in detail elsewhere.