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1. Crucified God
2. Trinity and the Kingdom
3. Theology of Hope
4. God in Creation
5. The Coming of God
#1 is #1, yes.
What about *The Church in the Power of the Spirit*?
I would like to comment on why a theology of hope is important. Published in 1967, its definition………”hope is the principle of revolutionary openness to the future”. Ancients could scarcely see any exalted meaning in human freedom. That philosophical climate encouraged a theology of predestination. It disposed them to choose Parmenides, even though they knew of Heraclitus. They chose a static model that assumed an underlying stabilitity to lives, culture, and institutions. Our lives have opened eyes to the reality of change and brought us to look afresh at the truth that “you can’t step into the same river twice”, When Moltmann encountered Ernst Bloch he saw that even in overcoming exploitation and oppression, there will always be a truly revolutionary force…..”endless steps”. We are only beginning to explore the openess concept……..and it is exciting to know that many on the forefront of this frontier are the Christian theologians( Moltmann, Pinnock, Boyd, Rice, Polkinghorne, Finger, Clarke, Archer, Callen,), many philosophers(Hasker, Bassinger, Wolterstorf, Zimmerman, Inwagen, Lucas, Brummer, Geach, Purtill, Prior, Ward), historians( Fretheim, Goldingay), writers like L’Engle and Borgman, a mathemetician like Bartholomew, and biochemists like Peacocke. The frontier is not about determinism, pentecostalism, or authority of scripture, but rather the truth of the dignity of free personhood and the reality of hope. This is where we find ourselves.
Only the words of Jesus Christ bear repeating: He alone is the truth, not the words of men. However neatly packaged, the gospel of “personhood” is the road to hell.
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Thanks for sharing this. I’ve read #1, #2 and #3 from your list this year. All of them, great books (especially CG).
I’ll have to check out the other two you mention. Is there a reason Church in the Power of the Spirit didn’t make the cut? (It happens to be next up in my reading queue….)
Spirit of Life should be #1, pushing Crucified God back a notch. It’s his pneumatology that brings coherence to Moltmann’s whole theological project, and Spirit of Life is likely one of the most important, holistic studies of the Spirit ever written in history.
That’s my quibble, now my question. Why Crucified God instead of The Way of Jesus Christ? I have an answer why one might prefer the former over the latter, but I’m curious about your answer.
Hey Tony, somehow this post slipped by me when you initially posted it. I’d like to add my own version of this list:
1. The Crucified God 2. Theology of Hope 3. The Way of Jesus Christ 4. The Church in the Power of the Spirit 5. The Spirit of Live
Though, with few exceptions, I’ve always found something of value in everything Moltmann has written.
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