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!

Embraced: Many Stories, One Destiny, by Mark French Buchanan (Review)

One of the amazing things about being at Princeton for the Karl Barth Conference this year was meeting and befriending others whose lives and thinking have been profoundly shaped by Moltmann’s work. One such individual was Mark French Buchanan. I previously shared a guest post from Mark here and plan to share more from him in the near future!

Mark’s new book, Embraced: Many Stories, One Destiny, has been released by Wipf and Stock, and I was delighted to have been given an opportunity to read an early digital copy.  Mark first met professor Moltmann as a seminary student in 1980, and has spent his time since seeking to live out the hopeful theology that Moltmann espouses, in his life and in his pastoral ministry. This book is largely an outgrowth of this journey, which, for me at least, is part of what made it so engaging.  Continue reading

The 40th Anniversary Edition of The Crucified God by Jürgen Moltmann comes out today!


¨I know of no theologian from the second half of the twentieth century who has had as powerful a global resonance as Moltmann has.¨(From the new forward to The Crucified God by Miroslav Volf).

The next few weeks are exciting for those with special interest in Moltmann. The new edition of The Crucified God (which Moltmann himself calls his best book!) comes out today; Moltmann’s newest book (and quite possibly his last), The Living God and the Fullness of Life will be available in English on November 13 (though I understand that some have already received their preorders early); and Moltmann himself will be participating in several sessions at AAR in Atlanta (beginning with his live interview with Homebrewed Christianity on November 20).  Continue reading

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:


The “Charisma” of Disability: A church without the disabled is a disabled church

Pope Francis meets a disabled man during a meeting with the UNITALSI, the Italian Union responsible for the transportation of sick people to Lourdes and the International Shrines in PaulVI hall, at the Vatican, on November 9, 2013. AFP PHOTO / FILIPPO MONTEFORTE (Photo credit should read FILIPPO MONTEFORTE/AFP/Getty Images)

Pope Francis meets a disabled man during a meeting with the UNITALSI, at the Vatican, on November 9, 2013. (Photo credit FILIPPO MONTEFORTE/AFP/Getty Images)

“Congregations without any disabled members are disabled and disabling congregations.” (The Spirit of Life, 193)

A touching moment in the Emergent Village Theological Conversation with Moltmann occurs at the beginning of episode 6, when a participant at the event named Jean, who was born with a disability, thanked Jürgen Moltmann for his impact on her life (audio embedded below the transcript):

Jean: I read in 1975 The Crucified God. You gave me language to describe my reality as a person born with disability, and I claimed myself created in the image of God from your book. How do persons with disabilities, who are both gifts and burdens to the church, have access to full expression of church in the power of the Holy Spirit?

Jürgen Moltmann: A disability concerned me my lifelong, because my older brother was a severely disabled person and he died when euthanasia began in Germany, so I think the church must consist of the disabled and not-disabled persons. A congregations without disabled persons accepted is a disabled church. So, let’s bring our members of our families who have disabilities into our congregations as a part of our community because they all are images of Jesus Christ.

For Moltmann, the issue of disability is very personal: his older brother, Hartwig, was severely disabled and was among the 10,000 disabled people who fell victim to the Nazi euthanasia program. This makes him particularly sensitive to ways in which those in our world and in the church tend not to appropriately value the physically and mentally handicapped. Continue reading

Jürgen Moltmann on Expectation and Human Flourishing (New Video)

Moltmann on Human Flourishing

Moltmann delivering a lecture on Expectation and Human Flourishing for the Yale Center for Faith and Culture in June 2015. Image source: Screen shot

Today I stumbled upon this recent video of Jürgen Moltmann published by the Yale Center for Faith and Culture. It was recorded in New York at a private consultation that took place in June directly after Moltmann’s participation at the Barth Conference. The topic of this project is “God and Human Flourishing” and the essay delivered by Moltmann was titled “Expectation and Human Flourishing.” Enjoy!

For Moltmann’s previous contribution to a previous YCFC event on Theology of Joy, see Moltmann’s essay here and his corresponding interview with Miroslav Volf here.

Dorothee Soelle’s Radical Theology of Sin and Liberation

Dorothee Soelle, 1981 (Image Source)

“If you forgive those who sin against you, your heavenly Father will forgive you. But if you refuse to forgive others, your Father will not forgive your sins.” (Matthew 6:14-15, NLT)

I very much enjoyed Dorothee Soelle’s short theological autobiography, Against the Wind (for a taste of it, see my previous post “A Radical Christian Creed“).   In that book she cited the early work of Johann Baptist Metz and Jürgen Moltmann along with her own Political Theology as core texts for political theology as a movement. This, of course, sent me on a bit of a rabbit trail with my reading… I shared some quotations from Metz’s contribution a while back (here, here and here), and I also recently read Soelle’s book on this topic and have been meaning to share a bit about it.

One of Soelle’s most famous statements is that “every theological statement must be a political statement as well.” This sentiment seems to be a driving force behind the social conception of sin that she articulates in her Political Theology. So we shouldn’t be surprised to find that for Soelle “the sinner is the collaborator (seemingly harmless from the point of view of the natural consciousness) of a structurally founded, usually anonymous injustice. Accordingly, for political theology sin would be collaboration and apathy.” (89) This is in striking contrast to the more popular individualistic conception of sin, which Soelle scathingly criticizes: Continue reading