God Will Be All in All: The Eschatology of Jürgen Moltmann

God Will Be All in All: The Eschatology of Jürgen Moltmann

God Will Be All in All: The Eschatology of Jürgen Moltmann

God Will Be All in All: The Eschatology of Jürgen Moltmann

Synopsis

When published in 1964, Moltmann's Theology of Hope restored eschatology to the forefront of Christian theology. In 1995, The Coming of God: Christian Eschatology was no less significant as a major systematic study and rethinking of Christian ideas about the "end of all things".

Moltmann himself, along with four other theologians, discusses the significance and implications of his new ideas about eschatology. They provide a detailed assessment of its key aspects and creative interactions with his project. Eight new essays by Moltmann extend his work and address such questions as the God-world relation, Hell, biblical hope, the postmodern situation, and the ethical and political implications of a renewed eschatology.

Excerpt

Jürgen Moltmann's first major work was his Theology of Hope, first published in 1964, arguably one of the great theological works of the last few decades and indisputably one of the most influential. It changed the way Christian eschatology was understood over a wide spectrum of contemporary theology, quite apart from its mediated influence far beyond the bounds of academic theology. For many of us it made truly eschatological thought not only possible again, but also powerfully relevant in our contemporary world. Even for those who strongly dissented from Moltmann's approach, Theology of Hope shifted the discussion and redefined the issues. So the publication of The Coming of God: Christian Eschatology (the German original, Das Kommen Gottes: Christliche Eschatologie, appeared in 1995, the English translation in 1996), a major new work on eschatology by the author of Theology of Hope, was a significant theological event, the more so since it is a long time since any other major book on eschatology has been published. Since all of Moltmann's considerable corpus of work since Theology of Hope has had an eschatological orientation and eschatological themes have often recurred in it, some might wonder whether Moltmann could have had anything left to say about eschatology. in fact in The Coming of God he does something he has not done before. Theology of Hope was not so much a book about the content of the eschatological expectation, more a book about the eschatological orientation of the whole of theology. It set the eschatological direction for the rest of his theological work. But only in The Coming of . . .

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