Jürgen Moltmann’s Top 10 Books

 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

Love: The Foundation of Hope (Part 4)

Jürgen Moltmann, Theology of Hope: The Church in the WorldWe’ve made it to the final video segment of “Love: The Foundation of Hope.” Again, I’ve been publishing these videos from the 1986 Trinity Institute Conference (digitized from VHS) with permission of Trinity Church. Previous segments have been: 1) Jürgen Moltmann: A Theology of Hope; 2) Theology of Hope: Critiques and Questions; and 3) Theology of Hope: The Feminist Response. This final video, Theology of Hope: The Church in the World, explores the implications of Moltmann’s thought for political theology and features conversations with Jürgen Moltmann, Douglas Meeks, and Jose Miguez-Bonino. Below the embedded video you’ll find notes from the discussion guide included in the pamphlet that came with the VHS. Enjoy! Continue reading

Moltmann on Breaking the Spell of Hopelessness

The folks at Fortress Press were kind enough to hook me up with a digital review copy of Moltmann’s newest book in English, Jürgen Moltmann: Collected Readings. It includes key selections from some of Moltmann’s most important works from Theology of Hope to Ethics of Hope (though I was slightly disappointed to see that The Church In The Power of the Spirit and Experiences in Theology don’t make appearances!).

The Introduction by Richard Bauckham is an excellent short overview of Moltmann’s overall project, and you can read it in full as part of the free preview over on Fortress Press’ website. I plan to post a review of this collection once I get to the end of it, but may share a quote or two here along the way. Here is one that really hit home with me from Theology of Hope: Continue reading

Jürgen Moltmann on Wolfhart Pannenberg, his “dear friend and opponent”

Moltmann with Pannenberg

Jürgen Moltmann with Professor and Mrs Pannenberg at Hans Küng’s 60th birthday party

When asked for a one sentence comment about Wolfhart Pannenberg at the Emergent Village Theological Conversation in 2009, Moltmann replied that “he is a dear friend and opponent.” The two of them were at the center of the new “hope theology” movement of the 1960’s, and throughout their theological careers were in dialog and conflict with each other. In A Broad Place: An Autobiography, Moltmann spends about a page and a half reflecting on his relationship to Pannenberg, the similarities of their two versions of “hope theology” and how he learned that the two of them got along much better when they avoided discussions of politics. In the wake of Pannenberg’s recent passing, I thought it would be a good time to revisit this section:

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Understanding the Cross in Light of the Resurrection

This post is a part of my ongoing (slow and steady) blog series on The Crucified God by Jürgen Moltmann (CG). You can view the other posts in this series here.

Much has been said here about how Moltmann relates to the question of the historical Jesus (which I blogged about here and here, in conversation with Wolfhart Pannenberg’s “Christology from below“). In Chapter 5 of CG, Moltmann wraps up concerns about the historical Jesus by drawing attention to Jesus Christ as the object of eschatological faith:

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