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The Coming of God: Christian Eschatology

The Coming of God: Christian Eschatology

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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  • Publisher Fortress Press
  • Format Paperback
  • ISBN 9780800636661
  • Dimensions 5.5 x 8.75
  • Pages 368
  • Publication Date July 27, 2004


''[Moltmann's systematic work] thrives on the cutting edge of Christian theology as it nears the twenty-first century…It will challenge and stimulate a whole generation of theologians to work at theology in different and more comprehensive ways.''
— M. Douglas Meeks
Religious Studies Review

''His theme is not the end but rather the new beginning of all things-in personal life, in humanity's communal historical life, and in the whole life of the cosmos. So, for Moltmann, 'The true creation stands beside us and, primarily, before us.'''
— Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung


''Here I have reformulated the traditional topics of eschatology-eternal life, the kingdom of God, the new creation and glory-as a universal Easter: In the end there is a new beginning.''
— Jorgen Moltmann