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The Coming of God: Christian Eschatology

The Coming of God

Christian Eschatology

Jürgen Moltmann (Author), Margaret Kohl (Translator)


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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.
  • 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

Table of Contents

Translator's Note

I The Coming God
Eschatology Today
1 The Transposition of Eschatology into Time
2 The Transposition of Eschatology into Eternity
3 The Eschatology of the Coming God
4 The Rebirth of Messianic Thinking in Judaism

II Eternal Life
Personal Eschatology
1 Loved Life and Death
2 The Immortality of the Soul or the Resurrection of the Body?
3 Is Death the Consequence of Sin or Life's Natural End?
4 Where are the Dead?
5 Death, Mourning and Consolation

III The Kingdom of God
Historical Eschatology
1 The Apocalypse of History
2 Messianic Eschatology: 'The Thousand Years' Empire'
3 Political Millenarianism: 'The Holy Empire'
4 Political Millenarianism: 'The Redeemer Nation'
5 Ecclesiastical Millenarianism: 'The Mother and Preceptress of the Nations'
6 Epochal Millenarianism: The Birth of 'Modern Times' out of the Spirit of Messianic Hope

7 Is Millenarian Eschatology Necessary?
8 End-Times of Human History: Exterminism
9 'The End of History': Post-historic Prophets
10 Is Apocalyptic Eschatology Necessary?
11 The Restoration of All Things

IV New Heaven -- New Earth Cosmic Eschatology

V Glory
Divine Eschatology

Index of Nam