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Jesus Christ for Today's World

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Jrgen Moltmann formulates necessary questions about the significance of Jesus the Christ for persons today. He offers a compelling portrait of the earthly Jesus as the divine brother in our distress and suffering and points to the risen Christ as the warrant for the future in which God will restore everything . . . and gather everything into his kingdom. Urging that acknow ...more
Paperback, 164 pages
Published August 21st 1995 by Fortress Press (first published 1994)
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Gene Bales
Feb 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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I was curious about this book when a friend gave it to me not long ago. Curious--but not expecting a great deal from it. I was, however, very pleased and surpised at its depth and thought and relevance. It is not very long, and it is written in a very accessible style.

There are three sections of this book that really stood out for me. (1) The fourth chapter on the Torture of Christ is, I think, a brilliant consideration of the moral issue of torture in our time. You cannot read this and come awa
Arjun Pathy
Since this book is based off public lectures (as opposed to being assembled ex ante as a coherent whole), its quality varies substantially chapter-by-chapter. Some chapters, such as 'The Passion of Christ and the Pain of God', deliver extremely accessible and impactful theology; other chapters, such as 'The Tortured Christ', delve into very specific applications of Moltmann's theology and ethics; others, such as 'The Cosmic Christ', oscillate between discursion into the facts surrounding Cherno ...more
David Ruiz
Oct 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Una cristología breve y a la vez precisa, que nos ayuda a pensar, como dice el título, en Cristo desde una perspectiva contemporánea sin dejar de ser totalmente bíblica. Como indica Rubén Aguilar Valenzuela "El texto es una reflexión culta, profunda e inteligente sobre la figura de Jesús y de su significado para los cristianos. Es una obra ecuménica escrita para los creyentes, pero que resulta interesante para todos los que quieren desentrañar el sentido de la vida". ...more
Cameron Coombe
Jan 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
An accessible book on christology, addressing Jesus in light of such as fear, torture, and Chernobyl. Definitely something to read for those wanting to go beyond the Jesus-is-my-boyfriend popular Christian books and wrestle with what Jesus means for today's world. Note that chapter 7, as far as I can tell, is a reprint of chapter 1 in the earlier *The Way of Jesus Christ*. ...more
Oct 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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A compact exposition of Moltmann's theology, particularly themes explored in his systematic contributions 'The Way of Jesus Christ' and 'The Coming of God'. There is something so warm, honest and human about Moltmann's writing that never fails to inspire and invigorate me. I would highly recommend this to someone who hasn't read any Moltmann before. It's a great gateway to his other work. ...more
Jake Chaplin
May 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Moltmann is one of my theological heroes, and I think his ideas are truly inspiring. I find his theology about suffering, Hell etc very interesting. Truly inspiring short book which I would recommend to anyone with an interest in theology.
Robert Castillo
Mar 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
This week I finished reading Jesus Christ for Today’ World by Jürgen Moltmann. Moltmann is a German Reformed theologian who is Professor Emeritus of Systematic Theology at the University of Tubingen is known for his own form of liberation theology which is based on the view that God suffers with humanity while promising a future through the hope of Christ’s resurrection which points to God who will restore everything and gather everything into his future kingdom. In this book based which is base ...more
Jan 01, 2016 rated it liked it
This is a series of essays on the relevance of Christ for today which were remarkably orthodox and traditional in their orientation. I had expected this great theologian of hope to provide me with a new way to look at the challenges facing people of faith in the world today. While he acknowledges his connection to liberation theology, the last chapter on the future offered nothing of any real substance for hope within history only hope beyond history. His chapter on Jewish- Christian relations l ...more
Jan 04, 2013 rated it liked it
This is a brief introduction to some of the major themes of Moltmann's theology, with a specific focus on Christology (i.e., the doctrine of the the meaning of Jesus Christ). Because this is a short book aimed at a general audience, the arguments aren't generally fully developed enough to win over a skeptic. Someone committed to a more traditional form of theism, for instance, likely wouldn't be convinced by Moltmann's revisionist stance on the suffering of God. But since I'm already somewhat sy ...more
Sep 06, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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I've been enamored with Jurgen Moltmann's theology ever since I discovered him six or seven years during my seminary coursework, but had not read any of his work directly. This book is my first direct exposure to his writing and theological ideas, and I have found this particular work very readable and his ideas to be very accessible. ...more
May 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wonderful book

Short, not hard to read, yet profound presentation of Moltmann's understanding of the Gospel. "People who trust in God know that God is waiting for them, that God is hoping for them, that they are invited to God's future, so that they are holding in their hands the most marvellous invitation they have ever had in their lives."
Beth Jarvis
Mar 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
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Moltmann is one of the most important theologians of our day. He should be read and talked about more because he really gives us a positive language of hope to use when most people today just want to get lost in controversy after controversy. Moltmann moves us forward. Even if I don't always I understand him, I am always grateful after reading his works. ...more
Robert Terrell
Oct 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
What a wonderful little book. Moltmann distills his Christology down to a very readable book that can be read quickly (at least for a Moltmann work). Very Good and I will read it again (which for me is the definition of a truly good book).
Daryl Miller
Feb 02, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good book

When I first started reading this book it didn't keep my attention. I had to force myself to keep going. But the more I read, the more I enjoyed the author's style and appreciated the perspective of this book.
George C. Wilson
Moltmann Focuses on the Future

This is a wonderful reminder of the real meaning of evangelization. It is an invitation to a future in a restored world where God says "behold, I am making all things New."
Oct 15, 2007 marked it as to-read
i saw this on a reading list for a class i thought sounded great. i've enjoyed other books by jm but haven't heard much on this one. I love the title/concept of the book. ...more
Sep 17, 2014 rated it liked it
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Engaging, interesting theology in light of WWII and modern suffering.
Stephen Morrison
Nov 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is an excellent book and serves as a basic introduction to some of Moltmann's most important contributions to theology. ...more
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Don't give up on the world for the world is worth it. ...more
Reading this book feels like homework. But that's probably me. A more connected-to-real-life theology than some, but still hard to relate to the everyday world around me. ...more
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Jürgen Moltmann is a German Reformed theologian. He is the 2000 recipient of the Louisville Grawemeyer Award in Religion.

Moltmann's Theology of Hope is a theological perspective with an eschatological foundation and focuses on the hope that the resurrection brings. Through faith we are bound to Christ, and as such have the hope of the resurrected Christ ("Praise be to the God and Father of our Lor

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