Magazine article The Christian Century

Moltmann Wins Theology World Cup

Magazine article The Christian Century

Moltmann Wins Theology World Cup

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German Protestant Jurgen Moltmann was declared the greatest theologian of the 20th century in the finals of the Systematic Theology World Cup, conducted on the Internet while the world's top soccer tournament was being played in Germany.

"Moltmann's relevance for his age, as well as his impact on church and academia, was considered to be more significant," noted Finnish theologian Patrik Hagman, who staged the four-week contest (as noted in CenturyMarks, July 25).

Thirty-two theologians were entered in qualifying groups when the unusual theology tournament opened June 9. Of the 16 theologians in the heats, there were six Germans, four Americans, two from France and four of other nationalities. Nine were Protestant, six were Catholic and one was Orthodox.

The final pitted Moltmann against Swiss Roman Catholic Hans Urs yon Balthasar. The contest was decided by visitors to the Internet site, who were asked to rate the two finalists on five criteria linked to creativity, relevance, permanence and impact on the church and on the academic world. …

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