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God for a Secular Society

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In this masterful analysis of the religious and political dilemmas at the end of the modern age, world-renowned theologian J rgen Moltmann assays the vaulting dreams and colossal failures of our time. He asks how we came to this point, and he argues strenuously for Christian discipleship and public theology that take sides. In both critical and creative ways he advances th ...more
Paperback, 308 pages
Published March 1st 1999 by Augsburg Fortress Publishing (first published 1997)
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Oct 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
A collection of lectures and addresses to several "secular" institutions by German Reformed theologian Jurgen Moltmann. The collection deals largely with the colliding but integrated worlds of theology and politics, chiefly concerning dialogue between Western liberal values and Christian theology/ethics.

If one keeps in mind that Moltmann is not specifically addressing Christians, and uses language more familiar to non-Christian listeners, you will find this book highly accessible in readability,
Benjamin Merritt
Jun 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Excellent collection of essays and lectures relating to theology and public life, digging in to politics, ecumenicism, environmental issues, fundamentalism vs liberalism, and more! Moltmann applies his theological insights to bear on the issues of today's world.

Each chapter was originally delivered in a unique setting and stands alone. This means that there is some overlap and there isn't necessarily one cohesive thread that ties it all together. For a more systematic book by Moltmann on politic
Bob Robinson
May 01, 2011 rated it really liked it
Wow. Never read Moltmann before, though I've read a lot of citations by him in a lot of other books. He has always been someone I wanted to read. This is about how to engage theologically in a myriad of public contexts, most specifically in politics, economics, and the environment.
Brian White
Dec 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
I found this book, as I do with all of Moltmann's writing, challenging and thought-provoking. This is not Moltmann's best work and the translation from German is weak at times but it raises some great points and lays out a challenge to Christ followers in our market driven society. Because the book is a collection of speeches and essays presented over time there is a lot of repetition. Each essay is interesting but they do not hang together as a whole very well. This is probably not the best pla ...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