JURGEN MOLTMANN THEOLOGY OF HOPE PDF

In the history of theology, we find now this and now that dimension of the Gospel suddenly forcing itself into the center of attention. When this happens, it seems to strike no one as being strange; it is always as though this particular aspect is terribly important at this particular time. We could, of course, say that the Church has been busy with the eschatological side of the Bible for a long time. The days are passed, indeed, when theologians assumed that the eschatological problems were all solved or the eschatological structure wholly finished. At any rate, that eschatology looms large on the theological horizon is not a new discovery. Many works have been devoted to the subject during the past thirty years.

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The book is a series of meditations on what it means to live, to think and to hope in the presence of God's love, with Moltmann, who turns 90 in April, reflecting on the themes of his writings over his long theological career.

The insistence on such future-oriented, divinely-inspired dissatisfaction is one that has been present in Moltmann's theology since publication of Theology of Hope in Peace with God means conflict with the world, for the goad of the promised future stabs inexorably into the flesh of every unfulfilled present. Such hope, he continued, "makes the Church the source of continual new impulses towards the realization of righteousness, freedom and humanity here in the light of the promised future that is to come.

It was a message that chimed with the turbulent s, marked by student protests in Europe, the civil rights movement and demonstrations against the Vietnam War in the United States, and demands from Africa, Asia and Latin America for economic as well as political liberation.

Yet, more than 50 years later, Moltmann's message still continues to inspire. Moltmann's work has ranged widely, covering issues such as creation and ecology, the insights of liberation and feminist theology, and the work of the Holy Spirit, which brought him into contact with Orthodox theology and Pentecostalism. Born into a secular family in Hamburg in , Moltmann's interest in theology was awakened as a prisoner-of-war in Britain after the Second World War.

One of the camps in which he was held organized educational programmes, including visits from figures such as Willem Visser 't Hooft, general secretary of the World Council of Churches WCC , then in process of formation. Moltmann himself has been a committed supporter of the ecumenical movement, spending 20 years from to as a member of the WCC's Commission on Faith and Order.

Bloch's major work, the three-volume Principle of Hope , drew on the Old Testament motif of Exodus to argue for hope as the framework for human action. Are not God's promises and human hopes the scarlet thread running right through the prophets of the Old Testament and the apostles of the New? The Theology of Hope , Moltmann writes, was intended "to set in motion an act of theology parallel to [Bloch's] Principle of Hope , but on a biblical basis.

Like other theologians of his generation, he wanted to break out of an inward-looking theology directed at the church and instead develop a political theology "with a face to the world. One example of such theology, Moltmann said, was the political theology of peace in the divided Germany that heralded the massive protests in the GDR in and eventually led to the end of the Berlin Wall and the unification of the country.

This was also a movement that Moltmann's own writings helped engender. Since the tumultuous changes of , however, theologians have turned their focus to the academic community, Moltmann regretted in his Geneva lecture. Instead, Christian theology, he argued, needs to hold together the Christian, the public and the academic communities as "an all-embracing function of the kingdom of God.

Moltmann has long been concerned about the implications of ecological issues for theology, publishing God in Creation: An Ecological Doctrine of Creation in , and in recent years the environmental challenge has taken on even greater urgency. This demands a shift, he said, from "world politics" to "earth politics" and for world religions to understand themselves as "earth religions" in which they contribute to a new understanding of life and the earth, founded on a "sacramental spirituality of the earth as Orthodox churches proposed already decades ago in the WCC.

Fifty years after Theology of Hope , the future of theology remains for Moltmann a theology of the "coming God" in which hope, through visions, dreams and projects, kindles the imagination to transcend the limits of reality into the sphere of the possible.

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50 years after Theology of Hope, Jürgen Moltmann's vision continues to inspire

Moltmann developed a form of liberation theology predicated on the view that God suffers with humanity, while also promising humanity a better future through the hope of the Resurrection , which he has labelled a 'theology of hope'. Moltmann has become known for developing a form of social trinitarianism. Moltmann was born in Hamburg on 8 April He described his German upbringing as thoroughly secular. His grandfather was a grand master of the Freemasons. At sixteen, Moltmann idolized Albert Einstein , and anticipated studying mathematics at university. The physics of relativity were "fascinating secrets open to knowledge"; theology as yet played no role in his life.

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The book is a series of meditations on what it means to live, to think and to hope in the presence of God's love, with Moltmann, who turns 90 in April, reflecting on the themes of his writings over his long theological career. The insistence on such future-oriented, divinely-inspired dissatisfaction is one that has been present in Moltmann's theology since publication of Theology of Hope in Peace with God means conflict with the world, for the goad of the promised future stabs inexorably into the flesh of every unfulfilled present. Such hope, he continued, "makes the Church the source of continual new impulses towards the realization of righteousness, freedom and humanity here in the light of the promised future that is to come. It was a message that chimed with the turbulent s, marked by student protests in Europe, the civil rights movement and demonstrations against the Vietnam War in the United States, and demands from Africa, Asia and Latin America for economic as well as political liberation. Yet, more than 50 years later, Moltmann's message still continues to inspire. Moltmann's work has ranged widely, covering issues such as creation and ecology, the insights of liberation and feminist theology, and the work of the Holy Spirit, which brought him into contact with Orthodox theology and Pentecostalism.

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