Moltmann to Speak this Fall at Candler School of Theology (Atlanta)

Jürgen Moltmann at Candler School of Theology in 2011. Image source:

Jürgen Moltmann will be speaking at Emory University’s Candler School of Theology this Fall at a conference titled “Unfinished Worlds: Jürgen Moltmann at 90.” It takes place October 19-20, 2016 in Atlanta. I was able to see Moltmann last year at Princeton (when he was 89!) and felt at the time that it would be my last chance to do so. I’m delighted that this conference may be another opportunity! It is my hope to attend but I haven’t yet figured out the logistics.

The topic of Moltmann’s lecture will be “Unfinished Reformation.” Other presenters include Joy Ann McDougall (Candler), Jennifer Ayres (Candler), Nancy Bedford (Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary), Reggie Williams (McCormick Theological Seminary), Raphael G. Warnock (Ebenezer Baptist Church), Charles Mathewes (University of Virginia), Joshua Ralston (University of Edinburgh), Gerald Liu (Drew Theological School), Reinerio Arce-Valentín (Matanzas Theological Seminary), Rachelle Renee Green (Emory University), and Hilda P. Koster (Concordia College).

From the event website:

Candler School of Theology at Emory University will host world-renowned theologian Jürgen Moltmann for a two-day conference on Wednesday and Thursday, October 19-20, 2016. Panelists will explore the impact and influence of Moltmann’s work on issues of contemporary theology, the contemporary church, and the contemporary world, with a closing response from Moltmann.

Registration is just $30. Learn more here:

As I learn more details about the conference I will update this post.

Thinking about attending this event? Drop me a comment below! I would love to connect with you there (assuming it works out for me to make it).

Elisabeth Moltmann-Wendel has died

Elisabeth Moltmann-Wendel in "Love: The Foundation of Hope" (around 1987)

Elisabeth Moltmann-Wendel in “Love: The Foundation of Hope” (around 1987)

“Love never ends. It goes beyond death.”
Jürgen Moltmann, speaking of his wife Elisabeth during a recent Work of the People interview.

I’ve just learned that Elisabeth Moltmann-Wendel, famous feminist theologian and wife of fellow theologian Jürgen Moltmann, died on Tuesday, June 7. She was 89. My thoughts and prayers are with the family.

Via (with thanks to Google Translate):

The feminist theologian Elisabeth Moltmann-Wendel is dead. She died on June 7 at the age of 89 years in Tübingen [….] She became internationally known as one of the pioneers of feminist theology in Germany and the author of numerous books and studies. Since 1952 she was married to the Protestant theologian Jürgen Moltmann and had four daughters.
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Elisabeth’s works available in English include I Am My Body, Rediscovering Friendship and The Women Around Jesus.  An incredible theologian in her own right, she also had a profound impact on the thinking of her husband Jürgen. Anyone who reads his books will find the influence of his wife throughout. As he writes of her in his autobiography:

Personally, the discussions with Elisabeth about a joint theology taught me to say ‘I’ and to withdraw my seemingly objective professional language – ‘this is the way it is’ – reducing it to my own conviction. Whatever we see and perceive is limited by the conditions of the place where we stand. If we want to communicate our perception to other people, we must be aware of our perspectives. Male and female existence in their respective socio-cultural forms are part of the conditions for possible perceptions. This does not at all mean putting what has been perceived down to existential conditions, as Feuerbach and Marx thought. Not every objective perception is ‘nothing other than’ a self-perception, but every perception is a link between the perceiver and the perceived, and creates community between the two. Consequently, the subjective perception of one’s self belongs to every perception of God, even if this leads to a self-forgetting astonishment. I have learnt to introduce theological questions and perceptions into the context of the life in which I myself am living together with others. For this path ‘out of ideas into life’ I have to thank Elisabeth and her feminist theology.

A Broad Place, 330-331

Elisabeth Moltmann-Wendel and her husband Jürgen Moltmann coauthored and/or contributed to several books together, including Passion for God: Theology in Two Voices, God: His and Hers, Humanity in God, and Love: The Foundation of Hope.

At the Emergent Village Conversation in 2009, Jürgen Moltmann was asked about what it was like being married to a fellow theologian. Listen to his response:

I regret that most of my direct exposure to Elisabeth’s writing so far has been through a chapter here and a chapter there. I hope to remedy this shortcoming in my reading very soon, and have just picked up Rediscovering Friendship on Kindle (it happens to be on sale for $3.99 at the moment).

Readers of this blog may remember that last year I digitized some old video of Jürgen Moltmann and Elisabeth Moltmann-Wendel and posted it here. This segment, Theology of Hope: A Feminist Response, featured Elisabeth especially. It is well worth watching!

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!


Moltmann’s Personal Forward to Embraced by Mark Buchanan

Mark Buchanan with Jürgen Moltmann at the 2015 Karl Barth Conference at Princeton Theological Seminary

Mark Buchanan with Jürgen Moltmann at the 2015 Karl Barth Conference at Princeton Theological Seminary

I recently posted my enthusiastic review of Mark Buchanan’s new book, Embraced: Many Stories, One Destiny.  I can’t emphasize enough how much I appreciate what Mark has done in this book in connecting Moltmann’s theology to real life by telling stories.

One thing I didn’t mention in my review is that Embraced includes a rather tender personal forward from Professor Moltmann himself, who expressed that this book touched a hidden side of his personality (referring to his earlier vocation as a pastor before he was a renowned theologian in the academy). Mark gave me permission to share this forward in its entirety, and I have done so below. It can also be found in the free preview of the book found on the publisher’s website. Enjoy! Continue reading

Jürgen Moltmann and the Future of Theology

From left: Douglas Meeks, Jürgen Moltmann, Catherine Keller, Christopher Morse, Amos Yong, Willie Jennings, Miroslav Volf. Photo credit Matthew Davis via Twitter.

From left: Douglas Meeks, Jürgen Moltmann, Catherine Keller, Christopher Morse, Amos Yong, Willie Jennings, Miroslav Volf. Photo credit Matthew Davis via Twitter.

Update 12/8/2015 – Tripp Fuller brought a recording device into the room and has posted the audio over at Homebrewed Christianity. The quality is quite good despite a bit of background noise. Check it out!

On Sunday Jürgen Moltmann was honored at AAR with a session titled “Moltmann and the Future of Theology”, with Douglas Meeks presiding. This was the final publicly scheduled event during Moltmann’s recent visit to Atlanta. Unfortunately I was not able to make it to AAR, so I had to rely on the ears of others to find out what transpired during this, and some of the other Moltmann-related sessions. Mark French Buchanan, author of the recently published book Embraced (which I reviewed here), was present for the event and sent me this summary:

What a terrific tribute was given to Dr. Moltmann today at the AAR seminar “Moltmann and the Future of Theology”. Some of the best theologians in the country presented short reflections on Moltmann’s contributions over the last 45 years. Miroslav Volf, Kathleen Keller, Chris Morse, Willie Jennings and Amos Yong all lifted up different aspects of Moltmann’s theology. The significance of the event grew as a combination of thoughtful reflections and personal memories were shared. Keller and Volf spoke with great insight, while sharing the formative influence of Jurgen the man had on their own theological development. In response Moltmann vigorously pointed all who were in attendance to “listen to earth”, “find a new covenant with it”, “keep a new Sabbath and a new Jubilee” as all people unite together. Confirming a theme that Keller proposed, Moltmann called those presented to receive the contributions of all “the religions of earth”. Moltmann stressed that it was in the earth that the crucified Christ lives and his way into the future can be found, Douglass Meeks closed the event by reminding us that Dr. Moltmann’s 90th Birthday celebration is coming up in just a couple months. In response a capacity crowd spontaneously rose to its feet and broke out in applause.

I’m intending to find out whether this session was recorded via audio / video and will advise my readers with any such info if/when it comes available. For now, here are some of my favorite quotables from the session that were shared by others via Twitter:












If you were at the event and remember something significant that I did not share, please post it in the comments below!

For more about what Moltmann has to say about the future of theology, check out this previous post: Jürgen Moltmann on Theology’s Undiscovered Territories.

See Jürgen Moltmann in Atlanta this Weekend at AAR!


I wouldn’t be doing my job as a Moltmanniac if I didn’t say a word or two here about Moltmann’s participation at the American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting this weekend. Below is an outline of the events Moltmann is scheduled to participate in.  You can find additional information about these events (other than the book signing) on the AAR website.

  • Friday, 11/19/15, 7:00-10:00 PM –  Jürgen Moltmann Live and Streaming on Homebrewed Christianity. Sign up here for access to the FREE live stream or to see him in the flesh!  Unlike the rest of the sessions with Moltmann’s participation, AAR registration is not required for this event.
    Location: Offsite-Brady Avenue Theater, 999 Brady Ave, Suite 10.

  • Saturday, 11/20/15, 1:00-3:30 PM – Open and Relational Theologies Group. Theme: Open and Relational Hope – with Jürgen Moltmann. Thomas Oord, Northwest Nazarene University, Presiding. Moltmann scheduled as a respondent.
    Location: Hyatt-International North (International Tower Level LL1).
  • Sunday, 11/21/2015, 11:30-12:30 PM. Jürgen Moltmann Book Signing. Fortress Press is celebrating the release of the 40th Anniversary Edition of The Crucified God. Come see Moltmann and get your book signed!
    Location: Fortress Press booth #1608
  • Sunday, 11/21/15, 1:00-2:30 PM – Wild Card Session. Theme: Moltmann and the Future of Theology. M. Douglas Meeks, Vanderbilt University, Presiding. Moltmann scheduled as respondent.
    Location: Hilton-Grand Ballroom A (Level 2).

Looks like it will be a good time…  Though I won’t personally be there, I’ll be watching the live stream on Friday and keeping my ears to the ground for reports on the other sessions. Stay tuned!

Moltmanniac Recommends – We Belong: Trinitarian Good News, by Stephen Morrison

IMG_5047.PNG“The most stunning news in the universe is that God has included us into His life of love, fellowship, joy, acceptance, and light. We have been included in the Trinitarian relationship.”
(Stephen Morrison, We Belong, Kindle location 728)

My friend Stephen Morrison has recently come out with a new book, We Belong: Trinitarian Good News. Stephen is a fellow Moltmanniac (though I sense in my reading of this book that he’s even a little more partial to Karl Barth and T.F. Torrance – but let’s not hold that against him!). Anyway, he was kind enough to send me a digital review copy and I am pleased to recommend this book. I found the book to be incredibly relatable; Morrison shares out of his own journey of thoughtful theological exploration and discovery. The is an insightful book written by someone has been asking great questions and reading several great theologians.  Continue reading

Amazing Deals on Moltmann Kindle Books!

IMG_0192.PNGFortress Press is currently offering a huge sale on theological Kindle books. Among the great deals are a number of titles by Moltmann, all of which are 40 to 80% off their usual Kindle prices. I’ve denoted the three titles in this list that I would consider among Moltmann’s primary contributions to theology with an asterisk (*),  though of course they all make for worthwhile reading! For a complete list of Kindle books by Moltmann (there are a few not included in the sale) visit here

Bonus: A few deals on some fantastic books that directly engage Moltmann: