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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 ...more
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Published September 1st 1993 by Augsburg Fortress Publishing (first published 1964)
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Luis Alexandre Ribeiro Branco
Apr 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
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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 ...more
May 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
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 ...more
Galen Dalrymple
Nov 16, 2007 is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Serious students of theology
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.
Timothy Dalrymple
Nov 17, 2007 added it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Thoughtful Christians

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.
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".
Nathan Parker
Mar 24, 2020 rated it liked it

Rather than placing it in a section at the end of his theology, Moltmann re-positions the doctrine of Eschatology at the center of his [A] Theology of Hope. Moltmann defines the doctrine of Eschatology as “doctrine of the Christian hope, which embraces both the object hoped for and also the hope inspired by it...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
Vyacheslav Okun sj
Nov 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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
Matt Wiseman
Dec 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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.
Greg Evans
Oct 24, 2017 rated it it was ok
A book for PhD ‘s
Jon Bauman
Jan 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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.
Sep 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: theology, hope
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.
Jun 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: moltmann, reviewed
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
ben adam
Oct 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: the-logy
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. ...more
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
Feb 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: religion, theology
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
Apr 15, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: theology
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.

Gene Bales
Jan 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
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.
Jul 16, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: didn-t-finish
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.
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.
Oct 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: theology
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.
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.
Rod Buchanan
Aug 14, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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.
Mitch Mallary
Jun 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Barth referred to the God of "Theology of Hope" as a baptized version of Bloch's philosophy. I call this God Jesus Christ.
Nov 25, 2007 rated it liked it
Shelves: theology
Very interesting. I enjoyed his detailing of Christ as best understood in context through God's promise to Israel.
Oct 26, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: theology
A classic -- made Moltmann the theological name he is today. Revived the future as a legitimate course of study in Christian thought.
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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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“Totally without hope one cannot live. To live without hope is to cease to live. Hell is hopelessness. It is no accident that above the entrance to Dante's hell is the inscription: "Leave behind all hope, you who enter here.” 218 likes
“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.” 27 likes
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