JURGEN MOLTMANN THEOLOGY OF HOPE PDF

But there was still a conundrum: how could one still proclaim a Christian faith in the midst of the most destructive war in human history, one that ravaged an entire continent made up of nominally-Christian nations, and led to the widespread massacre of an entire people? His Theology of Hope public library , the first book he published as Professor of Systematic Theology at the University of Tubingen a post he retains in Emeritus status to this day! He completely overturned the formerly popular understanding of eschatology as far-off events that will occur at the end of time. Instead, he weaves eschatology into the everyday life of the Christian. From first to last, and not merely in the epilogue, Christianity is eschatology, is hope, forward looking and forward moving, and therefore also revolutionizing and transforming the present. The eschatological is not one element of Christianity, but it is the medium of Christian faith as such, the key in which everything in it is set, the glow that suffuses everything here in the dawn of an expected new day.

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But there was still a conundrum: how could one still proclaim a Christian faith in the midst of the most destructive war in human history, one that ravaged an entire continent made up of nominally-Christian nations, and led to the widespread massacre of an entire people?

His Theology of Hope public library , the first book he published as Professor of Systematic Theology at the University of Tubingen a post he retains in Emeritus status to this day! He completely overturned the formerly popular understanding of eschatology as far-off events that will occur at the end of time. Instead, he weaves eschatology into the everyday life of the Christian. From first to last, and not merely in the epilogue, Christianity is eschatology, is hope, forward looking and forward moving, and therefore also revolutionizing and transforming the present.

The eschatological is not one element of Christianity, but it is the medium of Christian faith as such, the key in which everything in it is set, the glow that suffuses everything here in the dawn of an expected new day. Eschatology is infused into all of Christianity, Moltmann argues.

This infusion, to further his point, compels Christians who recognize it to change their orientation to the present. It speaks of the future of our reality. The reality we live in today. Eschatology is about our future, the transformation of the present. Christian faith, in this light, cannot be world-denying. It most certainly does not, however, simply give credence to the present. It sees in him the future of the very humanity for which he died.

In perhaps his most insightful moment, Moltmann adds to these points a discussion about the basis of hope. After all, the present that Europeans have just lived through is the exact opposite of what we would think of Christian hope. Moltmann responded to all of these objections. It does not take things as they happen to stand or to lie, but as progressing, moving things with possibilities of change… Thus hopes and anticipations of the future are not a transfiguring glow superimposed upon a darkened existence, but are realistic ways of perceiving the scope of our real possibilities.

I hope yours did too if this is your first encounter with Moltmann. At the risk of laboring the point too much, Moltmann has upended the usual suspicion that Christian hope requires escaping this world. Hope is the Christian lens, if you will, for perceiving reality. In love, hope brings all things into the light of the promises of God. We can no longer afford to simple see sin, pain, or finitude.

On the contrary, Christian hope forces those under its influence to see possibility in everything. Nothing, not even that most affected by sin, is outside the possibility of transformation. His second work is more influential, and is definitely the work to read if you only have time for one. Here takes one step back from the resurrection to the cross in order to show how God is present in the midst of suffering.

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Moltmann has become known for developing a form of social trinitarianism. He described his German upbringing as thoroughly secular. His grandfather was a grand master of the Freemason s. At sixteen, Moltmann idolized Albert Einstein , and anticipated studying mathematics at university.

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