Fortress Press, 88 pages
Jürgen Moltmann is a theologian well known for his profound reflections on the resurrection and its meaning for all creation. No other theologian of his generation has influenced more pastors or theologians. He has written extensively on the subject of the resurrection, particularly the hope that is unleashed by a robust embrace of it. In this set of meditations, he writes more intimately of death and the hope of the eternal life — in this life. He asks questions about the death itself: what it is and how it is overcome. He probes tenderly and pastorally the implications of Christ’s resurrection for the dead as well as those living.
This book was written after the death of Moltmann’s wife, with whom he shared a theological vocation. In the end, he cared for her. Hence, this book bears the marks of his own grief in search of the hope that abides at the heart of the Christian faith. Those who have followed his writing will hear the echoes of his earlier themes, but this is not “old stuff” in a new cover. This is Moltmann freshly speaking a word that is radiant with his faith. “I have pondered the death and reawakening of a living soul. We die into the resurrection, and the eternal life is the life of the world to come.” One comes away from reading this meditation with a renewed conviction of the triune God who in Jesus Christ justifies the ungodly and brings life abundant.
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