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In the End -- The Beginning: The Life of Hope

In the End -- The Beginning: The Life of Hope

''In my end is my beginning,'' wrote T. S. Eliot, and Jürgen Moltmann's new book is a powerful testament to personal hope in chaotic, even catastrophic times.

As Moltmann's award-winning volume The Coming of God laid out the systematic framework of eschatology (the doctrine of the ''last things''), so here he explores the personal meaning of that fundamental affirmation for Christians. Debunking the classic images of Christian apocalyptic scenarios, the final struggle between God and Satan, Christ and the Antichrist—Armageddon—Moltmann instead shows that Christian expectation of the future has nothing to do with these but everything to do with new beginnings and a horizon of hope. Three parts explore three particular beginnings: birth (childhood and youth), rebirth (failures and defeats), and resurrection (death, judgment, afterlife).

This brief volume promises to be one of Moltmann's most personal and compelling books.
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  • Publisher Fortress Press
  • Format Paperback
  • ISBN 9780800636562
  • Dimensions 5.5 x 8.5
  • Pages 192
  • Publication Date May 5, 2004


"In our time, beset by end-of-history threats of fanatical apocalyptic terrorism and by progressive everyday terrorism that millions suffer through globalization, Moltmann here uncovers the grace-filled beginnings of peace and the love of life that God is already making present to us and the whole creation."
— M. Douglas Meeks, Vanderbilt Divinity School