Yesterday the great theologian of hope celebrated his 90th birthday. Last year I marked his 89th birthday on this blog with a top 10 list of my favorite Moltmann quotes. This year (and only a day late!) I’ve put together a list of my favorite Moltmann books. I’ve read almost all of the Moltmannian corpus over the course of the last few years, and have a pretty good idea of which of them are most important to me. Below is a countdown of my top ten favorite books written by Moltmann, saving my favorite for last. I’ve also attempted to provide a brief explanation of why each of these is important enough to be included. What are your favorite Moltmann books? Please share in the comment section below! Continue reading
I am always on the lookout for resources to recommend to people who are interested in learning about Moltmann (see my previous post, Getting Started with Moltmann). I have just finished reading a new book that belongs at the top of the list: Jürgen Moltmann: Collected Readings. This collection is edited by Margaret Kohl (who has translated many of Moltmann’s works into English) and contains a helpful introduction by Richard Bauckham (author of The Theology of Jürgen Moltmann and one of the best known scholars on Moltmann around). Continue reading
Any fellow Moltmanniacs who were saddened at the thought that Ethics of Hope would likely be Moltmann’s last book will be pleased to hear that he released new book earlier this year: Der lebendige Gott und die Fülle des Lebens: Auch ein Beitrag zur gegenwärtigen Atheismusdebatte, which translates to “The living God and the fullness of life: A contribution to the current atheism debate.” I’m told that an English translation will be announced in the coming months (I’m not sure what the title will be). In the meantime, those of you who are able to read German can download the Kindle version of this book here. The rest of us will have to wait a year or two!
Here is the description from the German Publishers website, as translated automatically via Google Chrome (which is why the wording is a bit awkward in English!):
A life that God has found, is fulfilling life
Modern Life without God is reduced life. Jürgen Moltmann shows which promise to dwell therein, to trust the living God. His starting point is the biblical experience of unconditional nearby, the courteous love and the inexhaustible vitality of God. God is not immovable, impassible and the people away. What it means to live in this neighborhood, love and life of God, that’s the point of part two. In the freedom and friendship God’s love for adult life, awakening the senses and courage to think and act. This human life is lived truly and really. Jürgen Moltmann has written a wise, to equal-wise and very personal book. It brings together experiences of a long life and insights into the limitations and possibilities of our existence.
I can’t wait to read it!