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The following efforts bear the title Theology of Hope, not because they set out once again to present eschatology as a separate doctrine and to compete with the well known textbooks. 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 inquire into the ground of the hope of Christia The following efforts bear the title Theology of Hope, not because they set out once again to present eschatology as a separate doctrine and to compete with the well known textbooks. 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 inquire 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. The various critical discussions should not be understood as rejections and condemnations. They are necessary conversations on a common subject which is so rich that it demands continual new approaches.


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The following efforts bear the title Theology of Hope, not because they set out once again to present eschatology as a separate doctrine and to compete with the well known textbooks. 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 inquire into the ground of the hope of Christia The following efforts bear the title Theology of Hope, not because they set out once again to present eschatology as a separate doctrine and to compete with the well known textbooks. 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 inquire 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. The various critical discussions should not be understood as rejections and condemnations. They are necessary conversations on a common subject which is so rich that it demands continual new approaches.

30 review for Theology of Hope: On the Ground and the Implications of a Christian Eschatology

  1. 5 out of 5

    Luís Alexandre Ribeiro Branco

    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. A former German soldier in WWII, taking as a prisoner in Belgium and UK for his participation as a soldier in the German Army at a time when the Nazis were terrorizing Europe. His transition to Christianity (Reformed Faith) while in prison is something amazing. He is a fine theologian, in spite of his admiration to Karl Barth the 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. A former German soldier in WWII, taking as a prisoner in Belgium and UK for his participation as a soldier in the German Army at a time when the Nazis were terrorizing Europe. His transition to Christianity (Reformed Faith) while in prison is something amazing. He is a fine theologian, in spite of his admiration to Karl Barth theology. A man held in a hopeless state, captive in body and mind, affected deeply by his remembrance of the Nazi's brutality, who met Christ in his most profound distress, has enough authority to write about hope and deserve our attention.

  2. 5 out of 5

    David

    The expression "was, and is, and is to come" might be familiar to a Christian. The notion of the eternal might be used as a convenient synonym for that expression, but after reading The Theology of Hope the phrase takes on an entirely new meaning. Have we slipped into a watered-down Christianity where the focus is directed mostly on remembrance of the acts of the Lord and upon present morality? Hope is one of the three "greatest things" listed by the Apostle Paul in 1 Corinthians 13, and Moltman The expression "was, and is, and is to come" might be familiar to a Christian. The notion of the eternal might be used as a convenient synonym for that expression, but after reading The Theology of Hope the phrase takes on an entirely new meaning. Have we slipped into a watered-down Christianity where the focus is directed mostly on remembrance of the acts of the Lord and upon present morality? Hope is one of the three "greatest things" listed by the Apostle Paul in 1 Corinthians 13, and Moltmann explains why it holds that lofty position. This book is written with an uncommon passion, but it is more than an outpouring from a theologian in his younger and more "prophetic" days. The active pressing faith towards a hope bolstered by anyone who has felt the fire of being one "after God's own heart" is never something that can be dismissed as a passing and phasic variant of Christianity. The themes of future redemption in both world and in heaven are undoubtedly entrenched in many places throughout the Bible. It is as if Moltmann recognized that people neglected this vital part of Christianity and wanted solely to shine a light upon every aspect of it down to the last detail. The course led by Moltmann is delightful, however, it has the feel of being repetitive...only slightly, surely not enough to exasperate. One might feel the futurist theme being injected forcefully into one too many passages. That was my only negative impression and it was felt to a very low degree. That did not do much to take away from this being a truly energetic work which comes highly recommended.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Galen Dalrymple

    I learned that Mr. Moltmann is a brilliant thinker. Also, that we shouldn't project a future based on historical events of the past - at least not a future that only assumes "more" of what has already happened. I learned that Mr. Moltmann is a brilliant thinker. Also, that we shouldn't project a future based on historical events of the past - at least not a future that only assumes "more" of what has already happened.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Timothy Dalrymple

    I don't intend to write a lengthy review, but I do wish to say that it should be read alongside Moltmann's "The Crucified God." These form two very important strands of Christian thought, and the dialectic between them is what makes them so richly productive. I don't intend to write a lengthy review, but I do wish to say that it should be read alongside Moltmann's "The Crucified God." These form two very important strands of Christian thought, and the dialectic between them is what makes them so richly productive.

  5. 4 out of 5

    David Gregg

    The first in Moltmann's trilogy, spanning forty-five years: continuing with "Crucified God" and ending with the recently-published "Ethics of Hope". The first in Moltmann's trilogy, spanning forty-five years: continuing with "Crucified God" and ending with the recently-published "Ethics of Hope".

  6. 4 out of 5

    Jon Bauman

    This work is less personal and more systematic. It's quite concerned with secular thoughts regarding reality and history because Moltmann is seeking to address those thoughts with this theology. This work is less personal and more systematic. It's quite concerned with secular thoughts regarding reality and history because Moltmann is seeking to address those thoughts with this theology.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Vyacheslav Okun sj

    Un libro profetico per un mondo che a volte sembra sta per morire senza la prospettiva della speranza. La speranza escatologica diventa una forza motrice della storia a favore delle utopie creative dell’amore per l’uomo sofferente e per il suo mondo imperfetto, muovendosi verso il futuro sconosciuto, ma promesso, di Dio. In questo senso l’escatologia cristiana potrà esprimersi a favore del ‘principio speranza’ e d’altra parte ricevere dal ‘principio speranza’ l’impulso a meglio delinearsi

  8. 5 out of 5

    Matt Wiseman

    This is a moving theological work, albeit weighed down at times by Moltmann’s meticulous argument. Those who wade through the tedium and persevere to the end will be not be disappointed.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Greg Evans

    A book for PhD ‘s

  10. 5 out of 5

    Anthony Jones

    The single most important modern work of modern theology I have read. The degree of influence Moltmann has had both on critics and aficianados speaks for itself. What may put off American readers in the early 21st a bit is the fact that most of the scholars he discusses from the early post-War era are obscure to many of us, but the analysis is incisive, and the directi0n superb. May this be the first of many books by Moltmann you read.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Mark

    The introductory 'meditation on hope' contains the seeds of the rest of the book, some parts of which I found very difficult. But the introduction was inspiring enough for me to persevere. A thought provoking and exciting book that has started my love affair with Moltmann's theology. The introductory 'meditation on hope' contains the seeds of the rest of the book, some parts of which I found very difficult. But the introduction was inspiring enough for me to persevere. A thought provoking and exciting book that has started my love affair with Moltmann's theology.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Marco Ambriz

    Deep reflection on concepts of Hope, Eschatology, The History and Future of the Risen Jesus, the Mission of the Church, the Kingdom of God, social justice and peace. The introduction alone is worth it! Moltmann shares that the Christian is called to live in contradiction to the status quo verdict of death, fatalism and brokenness in our world by proclaiming and living into our call towards the destiny of the future of Jesus in the power of his resurrection.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Kev

    The book that put Moltmann on the theological map and started his career as the most influential Protestant theologian of the last 50 years. Moltmann argues that all of theology is centered on eschatology. Not the doom and gloom eschatology prevalent in so much of evangelicalism, but a hopeful Christian eschatolgy which "speaks of Jesus Christ and his future. It recognizes the reality of the raising of Jesus and proclaims the future of the risen Lord." Yet this hope in the God of promise is more t The book that put Moltmann on the theological map and started his career as the most influential Protestant theologian of the last 50 years. Moltmann argues that all of theology is centered on eschatology. Not the doom and gloom eschatology prevalent in so much of evangelicalism, but a hopeful Christian eschatolgy which "speaks of Jesus Christ and his future. It recognizes the reality of the raising of Jesus and proclaims the future of the risen Lord." Yet this hope in the God of promise is more than “a hymn in praise of a noble quality of the heart”, because "as long as hope does not embrace and transform the thought and action of men, it remains topsy-turvy and ineffective." Rather, a true Christian hope sets out to transform the present. As Moltmann succinctly explains: "The theologian is not concerned merely to supply a different interpretation of the world, of history and of human nature, but to transform them in expectation of a divine transformation." Theology of Hope is undoutedly one of the most important and influential works of twentieth century Christian theology. It is a dense academic theological work, but well worth the read. Reading the introduction alone was enough to alter my entire theological perspective, particularly the following snippet: "That is why faith, wherever it develops into hope, causes not rest but unrest, not patience but impatience. It does not calm the unquiet heart, but is itself this unquiet heart in man. Those who hope in Christ can no longer put up with reality as it is, but begin to suffer under it, to contradict it. Peace with God means conflict with the world, for the goad of the promised future stabs inexorably into the flesh of every unfulfilled present."

  14. 4 out of 5

    ben adam

    By relegating eschatology to the "end times", we suppress a powerful, rich piece of Christian The*logy to a time not our own thereby rendering it meaningless. Moltmann argues that we turned eschatology into a fixed position at the end and therefore an appendix to actual The*logy because of the Hellenized attempts to define G*D as the eternal and immutable. He states that Jesus believed in the G*D of the Promise from the Hebrew Bible. This G*D is free to behave with totally independent volition. By relegating eschatology to the "end times", we suppress a powerful, rich piece of Christian The*logy to a time not our own thereby rendering it meaningless. Moltmann argues that we turned eschatology into a fixed position at the end and therefore an appendix to actual The*logy because of the Hellenized attempts to define G*D as the eternal and immutable. He states that Jesus believed in the G*D of the Promise from the Hebrew Bible. This G*D is free to behave with totally independent volition. G*D can fulfill the Promises made in any way G*D desires. This means we as Christians should be less concerned about clearly-defined, eschatological events than about understanding the substance of the Promise and living into that Promise. Moltmann locates this activity in the Christian attitude of Hope. He states that The*logy has entered into a time period of Hope. The existentialist philosophies and The*logies have left us void, attempting to look for G*D within ourselves, separated from history and therefore, severed from the Promise which is itself historical. Moltmann goes on to say that the Promise is one of justice, that all Christian belief (as it is intrinsically linked to the Promise) is eschatological, and that all Christian faith and love must be geared toward the hope of that justice. Finally, that justice is the vocation of faith and love as it is the goal of hope.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Bob Price

    Jurgen Moltmann has made a dramatic impact on the Christian church, primarily with that branch connected to liberation theology. Theology of hope has much to commend in it. Moltmann's recovery of the concept of 'hope' for the Christian Church will (I hope) continue to be a source of fresh insight for years to come. His attention to the concept of the future horizon as a fundamental concept for the Christian church highlights our present need to reconsider the point and purpose of our common missi Jurgen Moltmann has made a dramatic impact on the Christian church, primarily with that branch connected to liberation theology. Theology of hope has much to commend in it. Moltmann's recovery of the concept of 'hope' for the Christian Church will (I hope) continue to be a source of fresh insight for years to come. His attention to the concept of the future horizon as a fundamental concept for the Christian church highlights our present need to reconsider the point and purpose of our common mission. But like many critical scholars, Moltmann is willing to compromise too much and to abandon too much of the historic Christian faith. Gone, for Moltmann, is any sense of true meaning for Scripture. Rather, scripture is open to the possibilities of the future. The conceptual notion of the future horizon becomes paradigmatic for Moltmann and rather than Scripture informing it, it informs Scripture. Overall, it is well worth reading and struggling with and I highly recommend it.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Andrew

    May be one of Moltmann's best known works. "Theology of Hope" does not treat eschatology under its traditional definition as "doctrine of the last things," but as the starting point for all Christian theology and the filter through which theology is understood and articulated. Contains extensive meditations on theology and history, particularly where the historicity of Christ's resurrection is concerned. This is an important point as Christianity stands or falls on whether or not Jesus rose from May be one of Moltmann's best known works. "Theology of Hope" does not treat eschatology under its traditional definition as "doctrine of the last things," but as the starting point for all Christian theology and the filter through which theology is understood and articulated. Contains extensive meditations on theology and history, particularly where the historicity of Christ's resurrection is concerned. This is an important point as Christianity stands or falls on whether or not Jesus rose from the dead. It also contains the most extensive passage I've yet found not only on Moltmann's theological reflections on history and time, but also with direct reference to his interpretation of Constantine's influence on Christianity.

  17. 4 out of 5

    David

    Moltmann's first book could probably be considered a classic. It is no easy read, but those who work through it are rewarded. Basically, Moltmann places hope for the future at the center of Christian faith. Because of Christ's resurrection there is hope for a better future than what the world experiences now. This future is not then a stale doctrine, but is the motivation for the Church to do mission in the world. Awesome. Moltmann's first book could probably be considered a classic. It is no easy read, but those who work through it are rewarded. Basically, Moltmann places hope for the future at the center of Christian faith. Because of Christ's resurrection there is hope for a better future than what the world experiences now. This future is not then a stale doctrine, but is the motivation for the Church to do mission in the world. Awesome.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Gene Bales

    Wonderful theological excursion, though more than a little dense at times. I appreciated the tie-in with continental European philosophy in the late 20th century, which is the intellectual standpoint I generally have in reading theology. Putting hope at the base of the Christian life makes much sense to me, not in the least because it has become more relevant personally as I age. I recommend it to anyone with similar interests or background.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Andrea

    When I was younger I really enjoyed reading deep theological works like this one. In fact I read this book once before but decided to read through it again with the perspective of a few more years on this planet. However, what I've found is that this type of theology does not interest me at this point in my life. It seems to disconnected from the real world in which I live. Perhaps I shall return to this book again in the future, but for now I am conceding disinterest and setting it aside. When I was younger I really enjoyed reading deep theological works like this one. In fact I read this book once before but decided to read through it again with the perspective of a few more years on this planet. However, what I've found is that this type of theology does not interest me at this point in my life. It seems to disconnected from the real world in which I live. Perhaps I shall return to this book again in the future, but for now I am conceding disinterest and setting it aside.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Mauberley

    This is a transformative book, one that will change whatever you thought you knew about eschatology, God, and hope. In a penetrating engagement with European thought, Moltmann ignites an understanding of what it means to hope for 'the kingdom of God'. Hope for the kingdom is restored as central to Christ's 'message' (e.g., Mark 1:15) and to the lives of those who have responded to that message. This is a transformative book, one that will change whatever you thought you knew about eschatology, God, and hope. In a penetrating engagement with European thought, Moltmann ignites an understanding of what it means to hope for 'the kingdom of God'. Hope for the kingdom is restored as central to Christ's 'message' (e.g., Mark 1:15) and to the lives of those who have responded to that message.

  21. 5 out of 5

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  22. 5 out of 5

    Chris

    The best material here, chiefly in the first 100 pages and the last 30, has lost none of its punch. It's not liberation theology, not really, but it's clear reading this how Moltmann helped the following generation get heard. The best material here, chiefly in the first 100 pages and the last 30, has lost none of its punch. It's not liberation theology, not really, but it's clear reading this how Moltmann helped the following generation get heard.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Gregg Koskela

    In the top ten of the books that have most impacted my life. Moltmann, and particularly Moltmann through Volf, has shaped my theology greatly.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Rod Buchanan

    I love the positive and hopeful thinking of Moltmann. It is easy to see why this is a classic. You can't do better than this book. I love the positive and hopeful thinking of Moltmann. It is easy to see why this is a classic. You can't do better than this book.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Mitch Mallary

    Barth referred to the God of "Theology of Hope" as a baptized version of Bloch's philosophy. I call this God Jesus Christ. Barth referred to the God of "Theology of Hope" as a baptized version of Bloch's philosophy. I call this God Jesus Christ.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Noelle

    Very interesting. I enjoyed his detailing of Christ as best understood in context through God's promise to Israel. Very interesting. I enjoyed his detailing of Christ as best understood in context through God's promise to Israel.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Bob

    A classic -- made Moltmann the theological name he is today. Revived the future as a legitimate course of study in Christian thought.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Kyle

  29. 4 out of 5

    Chris Cahill

  30. 5 out of 5

    Melissa

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