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In the End the Beginning

The Life of Hope

In the End the Beginning

The Life of Hope

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Publisher: SCM Press
ISBN: 9780334029618
Published: 01/06/2004
'In my end is my beginning', wrote T. S. Eliot at the close of his poem East Coker, and that line gave me the title for this book. With it I should like to express the power of the Christian hope, for Christian hope is the power of resurrection from life's failures and defeats. It is the power of the rebirth of life out of the shadows of death. It is the power for the new beginning at the place where guilt has made life impossible. From the Introduction by Jurgen Moltmann In this short doctrine of hope, Jurgen Moltmann examines the personal experiences in life, in which the future is awaited, times when we search for new beginnings and find them. In three parts that correspond to the three beginnings in life: birth, rebirth and resurrection, Moltmann extols the true value of Christian hope that powers new beginnings. Jurgen Moltmann is Emeritus Professor of Systematic Theology at the University of Tubingen, Germany. He is the author of a number of books published by SCM Press, including Theology of Hope, The Crucified God and The Church in the Power of the Spirit.

Jurgen Moltmann

Professor Jurgen Moltmann is Professor emeritus of Systematic Theology at the Univerisity of Tubingen, Germany. He is one of the most important post-war, post-Holocaust theologians whose work has influenced the last two generations of theological thought in Germany and worldwide.

"Here is a strong liberal (...) with a solid, intellectually impressive faith. An old man close to death who offers those younger than him a firm, supporting hand on this strange pilgrimage here below." NEW DIRECTIONS, October 2004.

"The book is of appropriage length for interested undergraduates and virtually all foreign terms and phrases are translated, which are few since he purposely avoided technical terminology, but the content is also suitable for postgraduates interested in a brief theological understanding of hope and eschatology, and the book might especially be welcome for those searching for a suitable entree into Moltmann's thought. Owing to the fact that the chapters were conceived as occasional pieces, one could read only the topically relevant chapter(s) and not lose the overall flow of the work." Ryan A.Neal, University of Edinburgh, REVIEWS IN RELIGION AND THEOLOGY, April 2005.

"This little book deserves attentive reading from both the general reader and the scholar, as well as providing a useful way into the thinking of J.Moltmann for those who are unfamiliar with it." Dr A.A.K. Graham. CHURCH TIMES

"This is a book about Christian hope; so it was appropriate reading in the aftermath of the Asian tsunami, and during the remembrance of Auschwitz. Does Moltmann's thinking about hope have anything hopeful to say about these two terrible happenings? Directly, no; but indirectly, a great deal. (...)The book is intended for a wide readership, and is not an academic work like God in Creation or The Crucified God; but it is a serious piece of scholarship, and it is a good but not an easy read." Philip Crowe, Oswestry, THEOLOGY, Sept/Oct 2005.