The Coming of God: Christian Eschatology (Google eBook)

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Fortress Press, May 1, 2004 - Religion - 390 pages
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Winner of Grawemeyer Award In this remarkable and timely work - in many ways the culmination of his systematic theology - world-renowned theologian Jurgen Moltmann stands Christian eschatology on its head. Moltmann rejects the traditional approach, which focuses on the End, an apocalyptic finale, as a kind of Christian search for the "final solution." He centers instead on hope and God's promise of new creation for all things. "Christian eschatology," he says, "is the remembered hope of the raising of the crucified Christ, so it talks about beginning afresh in the deadly end." Yet Moltmann's novel framework, deeply informed by Jewish and messianic thought, also fosters rich and creative insights into the perennially nettling questions of eschatology: Are there eternal life and personal identity after death? How is one to think of heaven, hell, and purgatory? What are the historical and cosmological dimensions of Christian hope? What are its social and political implications. In a heartbreakingly fragile and fragment world, Moltmann's comprehensive eschatology surveys the Christian vista, bravely envisioning our "horizons of expectation" for personal, social, even cosmic transformation in God.
  

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Review: The Coming of God: Christian Eschatology

User Review  - Naum - Goodreads

Epic. Mind blowing. My favorite Moltmann book thus far (and I have now read 6; and have just begun *Ethics of Hope* after completing this one) aside from *The Crucified God*. As with other Moltmann ... Read full review

Review: The Coming of God: Christian Eschatology

User Review  - John - Goodreads

You can think of this volume as a Protestant “dogmatics” in which Moltmann interprets human history and experience in light of the future toward which we are drawn. I value the way in which Moltmann ... Read full review

Contents

The Coming God Eschatology Today
3
1 THE TRANSPOSITION OF ESCHATOLOGY INTO TIME
6
1 Prophetic Theology
7
3 Oscar Cullmann
10
2 THE TRANSPOSITION OF ESCHATOLOGY INTO ETERNITY
13
2 Paul Althaus
16
3 Rudolf Bultmann
19
3 THE ESCHATOLOGY OF THE COMING GOD
22
THE REDEEMER NATION
168
1 The Chosen People
170
2 The Rebirth of the Nation out of Sacrificial Death
171
3 The Manifest Destiny
172
4 The Great Experiment
175
THE MOTHER AND PRECEPTRESS OF THE NATIONS
178
2 Societas perfecta
181
3 Ruling with Christ
182

1 The Coming God
23
2 Future or Advent?
25
3 The Category Novum
27
4 THE REBIRTH OF MESSIANIC THINKING IN JUDAISM
29
The Spirit of Utopia 1918
30
The Star of Redemption 1921
33
The Messianic Idea in Judaism 1959
36
Theses on the Philosophy of History 1940
38
Western Eschatology 1947 A Theological Continuation or an Ecological Farewell?
41
6 The Redemption of the Future from the Power of History
44
Eternal Life Personal Eschatology
47
Eternal Life Personal Eschatology
49
2 Was this life all there is?
52
3 Suppressed Death Reduced Life
54
2 THE IMMORTALITY OF THE SOUL OR THE RESURRECTION OF THE BODY?
58
b The soul as transcendental subject
61
c The soul as the kernel of existence
63
2 The Raising of the Body and the Life Everlasting
65
3 The Immortality of the Lived Life
71
3 IS DEATH THE CONSEQUENCE OF SIN OR LIFES NATURAL END?
77
1 Biblical Experiences
78
2 The Churchs Doctrine about the Death of the Sinner
85
3 The Modern Notion about a Natural Death
87
4 The Mortality of Temporal Creation
90
5 Violent Death
93
4 WHERE ARE THE DEAD?
96
2 The Doctrine of the Souls Sleep
101
3 Is there a Resurrection at Death?
102
4 The Fellowship of Christ with the Living and the Dead
104
a Do the dead have time in the fellowship of Christ?
105
b Do the dead have space in the fellowship of Christ?
106
c The community with the dead
107
5 Do we Live on Earth only once?
110
Some Personal Thoughts
116
5 DEATH MOURNING AND CONSOLATION
119
A Discussion with Sigmund Freud
122
3 The Rebirth to Life
126
The Kingdom of God Historical Eschatology
129
The Kingdom of God Historical Eschatology
131
2 Apocalyptic Eschatology
134
3 Eschatological Orders of Time in History
141
THE THOUSAND YEARS EMPIRE
146
1 Premillenarianism and Jewish Messianism
147
2 Christian Millenarianism
150
3 The PostReformation Rebirth of Messianic Eschatology
156
THE HOLY EMPIRE
159
The Holy Empire
161
3 Millenarian Christianity and its Mission of Violence
165
THE BIRTH OF MODERN TIMES OUT OF THE SPIRIT OF MESSIANIC HOPE
184
7 IS MILLENARIAN ESCHATOLOGY NECESSARY?
192
2 The Sufferings and Future of Christ
194
3 Hope for Israel
196
4 What is Timely Today?
199
EXTERMINISM
202
Methods of Mass Extermination
204
The Destruction of the Earth
208
The Impoverishment of the Third World
211
4 Is Exterminism Apocalyptic?
216
POSTHISTORIC PROPHETS
218
10 IS APOCALYPTIC ESCHATOLOGY NECESSARY?
226
11 THE RESTORATION OF ALL THINGS
235
2 The Return of the Doctrine of Universal Salvation
237
Pro and Contra Universalism
240
4 The Theological Argument about Universal Salvation or the Double Outcome of Judgment
243
5 Double Predestination or Gods Universal Election?
246
6 Christs Descent into Hell and the Restoration of All Things
250
New Heaven New Earth Cosmic Eschatology
257
New Heaven New Earth Cosmic Eschatology
259
1 THE FUTURE OF CREATIONSABBATH AND SHEKINAH
261
2 THE ANNIHILATION OF THE WORLD OR ITS CONSUMMATION?
267
1 The Annihilation of the World
268
2 Transformation of the World
270
3 The Deification of the World
272
Ecofeminism
275
Eschatological Ecology
277
3 THE END OF TIME IN THE ETERNITY OF GOD
279
1 The Time of Creation
280
2 The Times of History
284
3 The Fulfilment of Time
292
4 THE END OF SPACE IN THE PRESENCE OF GOD
296
2 Historical Spaces of Gods Indwellings
302
3 The Fulfilment of Space in the Presence of God
306
THE HEAVENLY JERUSALEM
308
2 Jerusalem and BabylonRome
311
Crystal Temple and Garden City
313
4 The Peoples of God
315
5 Gods Cosmic Shekinah
317
Glory Divine Eschatology
321
Glory Divine Eschatology
323
1 THE SELFGLORIFICATION OF GOD
324
2 THE SELFREALIZATION OF GOD
326
3 INTERACTIONS BETWEEN DIVINE AND HUMAN ACTIVITY
330
4 THE FULNESS OF GOD AND THE FEAST OF ETERNAL JOY
336
NOTES
341
Index of Names
385
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