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God for a secular society : the public relevance of theology
Moltmann, Jürgen.
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Gott im Projekt der modernen Welt. English
First Fortress Press edition.
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Minneapolis : Fortress Press, [1999]

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xi, 292 pages ; 22 cm
Theology in the project of modernity -- Covenant or leviathan? political theology at the beginning of modern times -- Political theology and the theology of liberation -- Christian faith in the changing values of the modern world -- The destruction and liberation of the earth: ecological theology -- Human rights: rights of humanity: rights of the earth -- The knowing of the other and the community of the different -- Freedom in community between globalization and individualism: market value and human dignity -- The pit: where was God? Jewish and Christian theology after Auschwitz -- Protestantism: the religion of freedom -- Liberalism and fundamentalism in the modern era -- Dialogue or mission? Christianity and the religions in an endangered world -- Theology for the church and the kingdom of God in the modern university.
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In this masterful analysis of the religious and political dilemmas at the end of the modern age, world-renowned theologian Jürgen Moltmann assays the vaulting dreams and colossal failures of our time. He asks how we came to this point, and he argues strenuously for Christian discipleship and public theology that take sides. In both critical and creative ways he advances the specific relevance of Christian messianic hope to today's thorniest political, economic, and ecological questions--including human rights, environmental rights, globalization, market capitalism, fundamentalisms, and Jewish-Christian relations--and the deeper values contested therein.

In a world reeling between utopia and disaster, Moltmann here passionately and provacatively shows how Christian discipleship, through engagement and solidarity, can blaze a redemptive path.

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Moltmann (emer., Univ. of T"ubingen) has to be on the short list of greatest living Christian theologians; certainly no one has done more to encourage conversation between German academic theology and the range of liberation theologies from around the world. Essays in this volume defend European "political theology" against liberationist critics and address topics as diverse as theology and ecology, human rights, Christian theology after Auschwitz, the conflict between liberalism and fundamentalism, and the place of Christian theology in the modern university. This is not one of Moltmann's most important books. Still, his style here is accessible (some chapters were originally lectures to general audiences), so this book could provide a good example of a Christian theologian thinking about public issues for almost any audience. Libraries with strong theology collections will want to have all of Moltmann's works. W. C. Placher; Wabash College