Archives For Jurgen Moltmann

 

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As I have been writing my book manuscript on the practice of conversation, I have been reading quite a bit on social trinitarianism, the theology rooted in the conviction that the three persons of the Trinity exist in an eternal conversation with one another. (I recognize that this perspective is not without critique, but it is a helpful way of imagining the Trinity when one wants to make a case for the importance of human conversation!) 

Here is a short, annotated reading guide to the books I have been reading.

*** What other books should I be considering?
 

[ Contemporary Trinitarian Theology ]   [ Jurgen Moltmann ]
[ Other Social Trinitarians ]   [ Critical Engagements ]

 
 

PAGE 1: Contemporary Trinitarian Theology

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“Specific, Strange and Special”

A Review of
Sun of Righteousness, Arise!
God’s Future for Humanity and The Earth.
By Jürgen Moltmann
.

Reviewed by Bob Cornwall.


Sun of Righteousness, Arise!
God’s Future for Humanity and The Earth.
Jürgen Moltmann
.
Paperback: Fortress, 2010.
Buy now: [ ChristianBook.com ]

Sun of Righteousness, Arise!  Jurgen MoltmannToo often we’re presented with theological “choices” that are either so narrow that they exclude a vast number of those who call themselves Christian, or so broad that there is little substance left.   Jürgen Moltmann walks down a middle path, not too light or too heavy, not to narrow and not so broad as to leave the faith empty.  For many modern Christians, Moltmann has been and continues to be a faithful theological companion, opening new vistas, offering new ways of seeing God and God’s relationship with humanity and the world.  His is a theology that is both evangelical in the truest sense of the word and ecumenical.  It recognizes the suffering present in the world, but it also foresees a time when God will be all in all, so that suffering will be no more.  When a new book emerges from his pen, many gravitate toward it, hoping to find something that will help sustain one’s faith journey.

In The Sun of Righteousness, Arise! Moltmann takes up many of the issues that have been close to his heart over the years – the future of the world, the resurrection of Christ and humanity, justice, the Trinity and creation.  The chapters in this book, seventeen in all, are not original creations; rather this book is a gathering together of lectures, meditations, sermons, and essays that were either presented at the meetings of the Gesellschaft für Evangelische Theologie or published in the journal Evangelische Theologie over the past the past ten years.  They may have previous incarnations, but they are available for the first time in English translation (ably provided by Margaret Kohl).

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Can the divide be bridged? Do either scientific or theological inquiry have a monopoly on the truth? Weighing both the pluses and minuses of contemporary science, Moltmann examines the uneasy relationship between faith and modern cosmology. He ponders the creation as an open system, the self-emptying of God in the universe’s history, problems of eternity, and more. 219 pages, softcover from Fortress.

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Has Christianity failed to engage the culture of technology and use scientific advancements responsibly? Jardine offers an incisive critique of the damaging elements in Western societies and argues that it’s possible to adandon the destructive aspects of technology while still embracing its benefits. Thought-provoking! 304 pages, softcover from Brazos.

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Paradigm shifts happen rarely within specific sciencies, and when they do, they often shake that field to its core. Cornelius Hunter attempts to do just that, showing how modern science is influenced by theological and metaphysical thinking, rather than empirical data. Naturalism then, is shown not as a result of scientific inquiry, but rather is merely an untried presupposition. In its stead, Hunter proposes a new idea–moderate empiricism–which could potentially satisfy the demands of both intelligent design and mainstream modern science. 170 indexed pages, softcover.

 

A Brief Review of

The Boundary-Breaking God:
An Unfolding Story of Hope and Promise
.
Danielle Shroyer.

Hardback: Jossey-Bass, 2009.
Buy now: [ Amazon ]

Reviewed by Chris Smith.

In her first book, The Boundary-Breaking God, An Unfolding Story of Hope and Promise, Danielle Shroyer tells the scriptural story through the lens of hope, particularly hope for the stranger and the outsider.  Her work reflects the strong theological influence of Jurgen Moltmann, and indeed in the book’s preface she notes that the book could be thought of as a sort of Theology of Hope: Bible Edition, saying: “As Moltmann expounded upon these themes [of roominess and hope] in theological structure, I have attempted to do so in narrative biblical form” (xviii).  And she does so in a compelling manner, masterfully weaving stories from her own experiences with the scriptural story.  The book is structured around a whirlwind tour of the scriptural narrative from creation to the final coming of the new creation, focus on Moltmann-inspired themes of hope and reconciliation.  Although the book’s brevity contributes greatly to its readability, one does wish that Shroyer would have been able to explore how these themes play out across a broader swath of scripture.

As one would expect, The Boundary-Breaking God contains some pretty strong critiques of traditional evangelical theology.  For instance, Shroyer says:

Eternal life is not a ticket we hold, but a lifestyle we inhabit.  If we follow the resurrected Jesus, we have to practice resurrection.  We have to practice continually being advocates of life rather than people resigned to death.  We have to do the hard work of disentangling ourselves from the death machines, both individually and systematically (84-85).

Although its basic theological ideas are not revolutionary (reflecting Moltmann, of course, and rendering – perhaps unintentionally – some of the basic ideas of J. Kameron Carter’s work) The Boundary-Breaking God is a wonderful little book, enjoyable to read and pointedly challenging at the same time.  I hope and pray that it will reach a multitude of readers who would never even consider picking up one of the meatier theological works (e.g., Moltmann’s Theology of Hope) in which Shroyer’s fine work is deeply rooted.

Moltmann Books.

September 11, 2009

 

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636562: In the End, the Beginning: The Life of Hope In the End, the Beginning: The Life of Hope
By Jurgen Moltmann

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By Jurgen Moltmann

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