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Since the publication of Theology of Hope in 1967 (ET), Jurgen Moltmann has become a prominent voice in contemporary theology. Now Professor Emeritus of Systematic Theology from Universitaet Tuebingen, Moltmann continues to speak prolifically to a worldwide audience.

"For me," says liberation theologian Geiko Mueller-Fahrenholz, "Moltmann is the most important German-speaking Protestant theologian since the Second World War. His books reflect the problems which have left their stamp on the second half of the twentieth century. At the same time they contain critical discussions with the great theologians of the first half of the twentieth century. Here in particular I would mention Karl Barth, Rudolf Bultmann, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Ernst Bloch, Martin Buber, Franz Rosenzweig and Karl Rahner. To this degree preoccupation with Moltmann's work has also helped me once again to consider the most important themes in twentieth-century theology, and to define and examine my own standpoint.

"In addition to this, the basic positions of Reformation theology also play a major role for Moltmann. His Reformed positions can be recognized most clearly in his understanding of community. But this stamp does not prevent him from investigating Orthodox theology in detail. It is characteristic of the range of Moltmann's thought that Jewish traditions are combined with Orthodox, Catholic and Reformation insights in a theological project which markedly bears the stamp of liberation theology. To this degree the great themes of theology from two millennia are reflected in his work. Therefore it also represents a legacy that we must take to heart at the beginning of the third millennium."

This group is a forum for the celebration and critique of that legacy. It exists both for specialized debate and as a welcoming place for the novice exploring Moltmann's encompassing dialectic for the first time.

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  • Theology
  • Jan 18, 2003
  • English

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