The Kingdom and the Power: The Theology of Jürgen Moltmann

The Kingdom and the Power: The Theology of Jürgen Moltmann

The Kingdom and the Power: The Theology of Jürgen Moltmann

The Kingdom and the Power: The Theology of Jürgen Moltmann


Jurgen Moltmann is arguably the most important German-speaking Protestant thinker since World War II. Recent publication of Experiences in Theology completes his six-volume "Contributions to Systematic Theology" and makes possible an informed and intelligent overview of this theological giant's lifework.


The work of Jürgen Moltmann is now so extensive that it is difficult to get an overall view of it. First there are the three great 'programmatic writings' from the years 1964 to 1975 which made Moltmann famous. The most notable of these is Theology of Hope. Then there are the 'Contributions to Systematic Theology', six important volumes which have appeared between 1980 and 1999. Before them and alongside them are many sermons and essays, articles and reviews. There are already 528 titles in a list of publications up to 1985.

How can we find our bearings here? Where has Moltmann's theology changed, and how? What basic features have remained the same?

This book is an 'aid to reading', a descriptive and explanatory way through Moltmann's work. In it my aim has been to sketch out the personal, ecumenical and political background to his books, which they also investigate. This attention to the contemporary contexts makes it easier to get at the programmatic focal points and theological leitmotifs developed in the books; for Jürgen Moltmann has always attempted to do his theological work in deliberate and committed dialogue with his contemporaries.

I have concentrated on the major works and only occasionally referred to shorter books or articles. I have not been concerned to give an encyclopaedically precise account of all the writings. Moreover it would have gone beyond the bounds of this book for me to have looked at the many investigations of Moltmann's work or particular complexes of themes in it. By now the secondary literature on Moltmann has become so extensive that to describe it would amount to an independent research project.

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