Moltmann Book Alert! “Hoffen und Denken” (Hoping and Thinking)


The great theologian of hope enjoying an “Eschaton” beer at the Homebrewed Christianity AAR event. image source: Tony Jones on Twitter

 Jürgen Moltmann may be turning 90 next April, but that hasn’t stopped our beloved theologian of hope from publishing a new book in 2014 and taking two trips to America in 2015. By all accounts he is doing  very well (I hope the above recent picture – of him celebrating the publication of the 40th Anniversary Edition of the Crucified God in Atlanta last month – attests to this!). Just recently I made a rather pessimistic comment that The Living God and the Fullness of Life may be Moltmann’s last book (in my defense, many of us thought that about Ethics of Hope!). I’m very happy to have been wrong! 

I’ve just caught wind that a new book by Jürgen Moltmann will be released in German in 2016 just in time for his 90th birthday. It’s title: “Hoffen und Denken: Beiträge zum ökologischen Umbau der christlichen Theologie,” which  translates roughly to Hoping and Thinking: Contributions for the Greening of Christian Theology (via Google Translate).  

Below I’m including the publisher’s description roughly translated to English. Again, I don’t (yet) read German so I’m trusting Google Translate for the basic meaning for now (I’ve only slightly cleaned it up for flow). If you are fluent in German and English and see any obvious errors please let me know (original can be found on the publisher’s website here). 

I gather from this that the new book is a combination of new and old content from Moltmann along the lines of ecological theology, a subjext very near to his heart. I’ll be on the lookout for details of an English release of this title and will keep you advised! 

Publisher’s description:

In this book, important contributions of the great theologian Jürgen Moltmann (90 years old on 8 April 2016th) are combined.The title “Hope and thinking” draws attention to the transforming power of the prophetic and apostolic hopes.
The first part is about the ecological “revolution” of theology: What can they contribute to a good future for the Earth and the survival of humanity? What needs to be formulated a doctrine of creation, which is based on the Bible and the global challenges withstand?
The second part contains essays on fundamental themes of theology, such as “hope and thinking” or “The Triune God”.
In the third part Jürgen Moltmann portrays a selection of contemporaries (including Karl Barth, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Ernst Bloch, Wolfhart Pannenberg, Helmut Gollwitzer and Dorothee Sölle). He makes it clear that no one is a theologian alone, but each is in a community of theologians through the ages in a simultaneity with all other thinking.

The book offers an exciting range of Jürgen Moltmann’s partly still unpublished texts which are committed to the program of ecological restructuring of theology towards a more comprehensive understanding of creation and redemption.

Moltmann on Christmas Joy

Duccio di Buoninsegna – The Nativity between Prophets Isaiah and Ezekiel (Image Source, Wikimedia Commons)

In his new book, The Living God and the Fullness of Life, Moltmann argues that the Christian festivals (Christmas, Easter, Pentecost) exemplify Christianity as a religion of joy. This was also a theme in Moltmann’s conversation with Miroslav Volf last year, and in his essay over on the Yale Theology of Joy website (sidebar: this same essay appears to also be included in the new book, Joy and Human Flourishing – check it out!).

I thought this short section on Christmas would be very appropriate for reflection this season. I’ll visit this part of the book again with his statements about Easter and Pentecost during the appropriate times. Enjoy! Continue reading

Top 10 Moltmanniac Posts of 2015

Note: Like last time I shared top posts (in mid-2014), the one on Moltmann and gay marriage is still the most popular, by a pretty wide margin (so apparently to get more traffic I just need to blog more about controversies and/or sex!). In addition to that, a few of last year’s Crucified God posts have had enough ongoing popularity to make this list; however, to keep it limited to the popular new content, I’m only including posts that were actually posted in 2015. Enjoy! 

  1. Thomas F. Torrance Audio Lectures. I know it ain’t Moltmann, but a lot of people found this treasure trove of free audio to be useful, and kept coming back to it. If you haven’t already done so, check it out!
  2. My Top 10 Favorite Jürgen Moltmann Quotes. A collection of short quotes that will make you love Moltmann!
  3. Predestination: Karl Barth’s Doctrine of Election (Moltmann’s Lecture at KBC2015 including Audio, Video, and Detailed Notes). Being at Princeton for Moltmann’s lecture and getting to meet him that day was one of the highlights of the year for me.
  4. 2015 Karl Barth Conference Video. Links to all of Plenary lecture videos! Moltmann’s lecture wasn’t the only outstanding talk at Barth Camp!
  5. Jürgen Moltmann Shares about His Friendship with Kelly Gissendaner.
  6. Christ is not against the Muslims. He died for them.
  7. Jürgen Moltmann 1979 Warfield Lectures on the Trinity (Audio). The famous lectures that formed the basis of The Trinity and the Kingdom.
  8. 3 Reasons Martin Luther King Jr May be America’s Most Outstanding Theologian. Read what the great liberation theologian James Cone has to say about MLK!
  9. Jürgen Moltmann on the Death Penalty. Hint: He’s against it. Don’t forget to also check out part two!
  10. Amazing Deals on Moltmann Kindle Books. This was posted in October but the sale is still ongoing until January 5, 2016!


Christ is not against the Muslims. He died for them.

Christ is not against the Muslims. He died for them.” This was perhaps the most profound and timely statement from Moltmann during the live Homebrewed Christianity podcast interview at AAR in Atlanta on November 20th (the audio is now available to listen to online here).  With all of the recent heated headlines about terrorism and Muslims (and the various responses from political and religious leaders), I thought now would be a good time to share this quote along with its extended context. 

In the interview, Tony Jones had just remarked that The Crucified God seems to bring together the best of the two basic types of atonement theories, i.e., the objective (something happens with God) and subjective  (something happens with us). 

Moltmann added that something also happens “with the others,” and explained: 

I remember it was a special hour in the German Parliament during the Cold War when a famous Protestant Minister, Gustav Heinemann, stood up and made a speech, and he was saying “Christ is not against the communists!” And the Christians protested against him. And he continued, “He died for them.” And there was silence in the parliament.
And so today we should say, ‘Christ is not against the Muslims. He died for them.” And we should accept Muslims as persons for whom Christ died. This is not to accept the Islam and the Koran etc… But meet the person with respect as a potential sister and brother of Christ.

You can listen to the audio of this exchange starting around the 37 minute mark over at Homebrewed Christianity. One of Moltmann’s most famous students, Miroslav Volf (who has written an excellent book on Islam), tweeted a similar sentiment about loving Muslims this morning, seemingly in response to the recent news that a Wheaton professor has been suspended for claiming that Christians and Muslims worship the same God. Not long ago I read Volf’s book, Allah: A Christian Response (which in part makes a case for this claim), and I plan to share some helpful insights from it here in the near future.