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The Coming of God: Christian Eschatology

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Winner of Grawemeyer Award In this remarkable and timely work - in many ways the culmination of his systematic theology - world-renowned theologian Jurgen Moltmann stands Christian eschatology on its head. Moltmann rejects the traditional approach, which focuses on the End, an apocalyptic finale, as a kind of Christian search for the "final solution." He centers instead on ...more
Paperback, 390 pages
Published August 1st 2004 by Augsburg Fortress Publishing (first published 1995)
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Jacob Aitken
Alternates between promising and atrocious. He has some great sections on the nature of death and time, which are about as good as any I have read. He shows nicely how Revelation 1 contrasts with Greek thought: Christ is the one who is, and was, and is to come (notice he did not say "will be," which is what a good Greek would have said). This shows in a nutshell that the future is the coming of God.

Then proceeds with an analysis of Constantinian and Augustinian models of eschatology. If the King
I had not read much of Jurgen Moltmann's work before reading this. I am amazed and impressed with this work. He indicates his late conversion to Christianity and "curiosity" being his only theological virtue has made him less systematic and tied to a particular tradition's defense in his theology. The former is almost certainly too modest and the latter is not as true as he would like. (He definitely shows his Calvinist and Lutheran roots here, but in surprising ways.)

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You can think of this volume as a Protestant “dogmatics” in which Moltmann interprets human history and experience in light of the future toward which we are drawn. I value the way in which Moltmann examines critically common theological assumptions, thereby challenging us embrace a clearer understanding of God’s sovereignty and to practice greater humility. For example, he writes, “Anyone who teaches ‘the principle of grace’ cannot at the same time teach ‘the Last Judgment’ as apocalyptic karmi ...more
Epic. Mind blowing. My favorite Moltmann book thus far (and I have now read 6; and have just begun *Ethics of Hope* after completing this one) aside from *The Crucified God*. As with other Moltmann books, dense reading in some parts, but bone shiveringly profound in others.

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Jürgen Moltmann is a German Reformed theologian. He is the 2000 recipient of the Louisville Grawemeyer Award in Religion.

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“The thought of death and life after death is ambivalent. It can deflect us from this life, with its pleasures and pains. It can make life here a transition, a step on the way to another life beyond – and by doing so it can make this life empty and void. It can draw love from this life and deflect it to a life hereafter, spreading resignation in ‘this vale of tears’. The thought of death and a life after death can lead to fatalism and apathy, so that we only live life here half-heartedly, or just endure it and ‘get through’. The thought of a life after death can cheat us of the happiness and the pain of this life, so that we squander its treasures, selling them off cheap to heaven. In that respect it is better to live every day as if death didn’t exist, better to love life here and now as unreservedly as if death really were ‘the finish’. The notion that this life is no more than a preparation for a life beyond, is the theory of a refusal to live, and a religious fraud. It is inconsistent with the living God, who is ‘a lover of life’. In that sense it is religious atheism.” 2 likes
“The question about the end bursts out of the torment of history and the intolerableness of historical existence.” 1 likes
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