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Moltmann 1

So I have the good fortune of reading a lot of books as my vocation right now, so I’ll try and cull one or two good quotes from each book for this blog.

The first is Theology of Hope: On the Ground and the Implications of a Christian Eschatology by Jurgen Moltmann:

“The resurrection has set in motion an eschatologically determined process of history, whose goal is the annihilation of death in the victory of life of the resurrection, and which ends in that righteousness in which God receives in all things his due and the creature thereby finds his salvation.” (163)

“The logos of the eschaton is promise of that which is not yet, and for that reason it makes history. The promise which announces the eschaton, and in which the eschaton announces itself, is the motive power, the mainspring, the driving force and the torture of history.” (165)

“Cross and resurrection are not merely the modi in the person of Christ. Rather, their dialectic is an open dialectic, which will find its resloving synthesis in the eschaton of all things.” (201)

You gotta love that phrase that the announcement of the eschaton is “the torture of history.”

  • The Sniders

    ” I’ll try and cull one or two good quotes” We are still not sure he can write.

  • lilly

    glad to find you! and a belated congratulations to you and julie on mr. aidan! hope all of you are doing well. (would love a photo)as you may know aidan is the lewin family’s patron saint! you name your kids so well!heard a nasty rumor you won’t be at ys in nov. ….it just won’t be the samewith out you!and you’ve kicked me in the procrastination pants…i haven’t changed my “books i’m reading” in WAY TOO long! and my music list…i’m looking forward to reading more from you!btw. sold some books for you at my workshop on labyrinths last week!

  • Len

    FYI, I was going to tell people in Dallas to go up to you and ask “So when are you going public with your blog?” Now I must think of something else for them to ask you. How about, “Don’t you think Postmodernism is really just a fad?” :-)

  • bobbie

    thanks for going public tony! i’ve heard you at nywc for a couple of years now, and will be in dallas, looking forward to your seminars there.

  • geoff

    thanks tony,even if you can’t write (as pagitt may or may not be suggesting) moltmann can. the eschaton may well be the torture of history but at the moment i feel like history is torturing us (the current “historical moment” called the presidential election). more hopefully, perhaps the future (eschaton?)is being dragged kicking and screaming for peace and justice into the present and this is a salvation moment.i appreciated your thoughts at the theological conversation gig in atlanta (friday night panel) about the paucity of our choices in november. it’s good to be reminded that when present-history seems dried up there is a well-spring of eschatological hope…if we can be resurrection-people.please keep sharing the quotes from your vocational good fortune.shalom.

  • Bill Bean

    Having not read anything by Moltmann (grew up fundamental/holy/evangelical), could someone recommend a good place to start with him.

  • jonny

    at emergent in nashville you were offering 50 bucks i think to the first person who found your blog – looks like you must have paid out! jordon cooper’s blown your cover ;-)

  • tony

    Bill:You might start with *Jesus Christ for Today’s World.*

  • hadge

    Bill – one of Moltmann’s ‘lighter’ books is a favourite of mine called ‘The Open Church – Invitation to a messianic life-style’ – it’s a practical look at christo-ecclesiology – here’s a taster;Jesus did not come to the people as their political and religious master to put them in their place, subjugated and quietly resigned. He did not force his own rule upon the people. Neither did he force his own form upon a formless mass. He heard the call of the people and called them out from their position as objects of the manipulation and rule by others to be subjects of the new history of God with the human race. The “folk movement” which Jesus enkindled is the movement in which the people itself becomes the subject of its own new history in the liberation movement of God.Subjects not objects is a crucial concept in today’s climate . . . .


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