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Sun Of Righteousness, Arise!: God's Future For Humanity And The Earth [Paperback]

Jurgen Moltmann

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May 1 2010
The astonishing theological creativity of Jürgen Moltmann continues in this new work, a vision of the Christian future, centered in God, God's reign, and God's justice or righteousness. Moltmann here brings together the biblical, historical, and theological elements of a new integrated Christian vision of the world, especially in light of our contemporary understandings of nature and the evolving universe. Anchored in the resurrection of Jesus, such a vision affirms that God is the God of resurrection promise, God is present in justice and righteousness, Jesus is the son of righteousness, and nature can be seen as the site of God's work toward the fulfillment of life. Here is a theological vision that can integrate our faith, inform our worldview, and fuel our life engagements.

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  • Paperback: 254 pages
  • Publisher: Fortress Press; 1 edition (May 1 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0800696581
  • ISBN-13: 978-0800696580
  • Product Dimensions: 15 x 1.8 x 22.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 431 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #263,343 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jurgen Moltmann is Professor of Systematic Theology Emeritus in the Protestant Faculty of the University of Tubingen, Germany. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A capstone to a brilliant career May 21 2010
By Robert M. Pallotti - Published on Amazon.com
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This latest book by Jurgen Moltmann may be the capstone to a brilliant career; though one would hope that he will still produce other books. As a Roman Catholic clergyman and teacher I have always found Dr. Moltmann's books inspiring, helpful and timely. In his latest book he offers discussion on the inner life of God as Trinity, following up on a number of his pervious works. This present book avoids the numerous footnotes and extended conversation about the theologies of other theologians and gets to Moltmann's own understanding of God. His discussion on the "Shekinah" of God, i.e., God's dwelling with humanity is moving and essential for today's expression of the Christian faith. A God who cannot suffer with the people and creation is a God devoid of love, and as Nietzche put it, for all intents and purposes, dead to moderns.

But Moltmann's God is truly alive, dwelling with the people in a unique way in Jesus Christ that affirms the dignity of human beings and asserts that every person live humanely and justly as an anticipatory sign of the fullness of God's present and approaching Reign. Some would level the charge that Moltmann has revived the old heresy of "Patripassianism", i.e., that God the Father suffers. This is inaccurate, the Godhead suffers in the Son--that is the logic of the kenotic love of the Godhead in the way the members of the Trinity relate to one another.

Moltmann goes on the discuss the evolutionary model of the universe and the mystery of God pointing to Christian belief that ultimately God will be all in all. His political theology has been and will remain an extraordinary contribution to the theological landscape. I recommend this book most emphatically!
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Run for your life, the world is beginning! Oct. 3 2010
By R. Elligott - Published on Amazon.com
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In my readings of some of my favorite authors I began to see a faint pattern. I began to see references to more positive eschatologies (end time doctrine). I was beginning to see a name repeated, Jurgen Moltmann. Finally the name came up again, I had been convinced it was God talking to me, and, I had the money for a book order. First I got the foundational work "Theology of Hope". If you are a theologian type, I would buy the pair. This book and Theology of Hope. If you are not the studious wordsmith type and don't want to read with your dictionary open, just buy this book, Sun of Righteousness.

I have had a lifetime of rapture and anti-christ teaching and I have had enough. I cannot see the rapture obbessed American church, thankfully a shrinking sector of the church, as preaching the good news of the Gospel. I don't think it is God who asks me to sign a card saying I agree with negative, nilistic end times doctrine before I can join or minister in a church. To curse the earth and expect a wrathful God to waste the loved souls we call the missionfield does not seem the true end of the unstoppable growth of the government of God on Christ's shoulder.

The Old Testament speaks of Yahweh's promises to establish the Nation of Israel firmly in "the Land". Wisdom would say we should take in the full counsel of God on this matter and the majority of clearly definable and in context scripture concerning God's future for the earth is from the Old Testament. Is it wisdom to interpret John's "come up here" visions and Daniel's darkened words as the basis for the story we tell the lost, all the while ignoring the balance of scripture containing the most clearly stated promises of God to restore creation?

The doctrine of subduing the earth with a vengeance is founded in nilism. How different is this caustic end times doctrine from the philosophy of a herd of "Goth" vampires hanging about and bringing down the atmosphere in an otherwise nice coffee house? Do we think we can hide this toxin as we reach out with the good news that God renews lives and is looking to bless rather than to curse us?

We have become dependent on fear of hell to motivate the lost becuase we do not bear the signs and wonders that are the proof of our commision and evidence of God caring about people and the earth. We couldn't "put up" but we wouldn't shut up and in refusing to listen, we became deaf and had to rewrite the gospel to reflect our failed hearing. We rebuilt God in our own image and turned him against any who disagree with our confused, shortsighted philosophy. We try to use God as a weapon against his own creation to gain man's obedience. God forgive us.

Our industrial age education has taught us to look at the earth like it is the job site and ourselves as the jack hammer that molds it. I am no "tool" for God. I am a son who expects the earth to submit to Yahweh's original vision and to be cleansed of innocent blood, thereby taking away the abomination that makes it desolate, so that my Father can walk among men in his garden again. In order to make me curse what God has blessed, you will have to overcome this view in my heart, mind and spirit. Don't hold your breath. You had thrity years of attacking me, the earth and the lost and your doctrines have left you wanting. Come in power or go home!

Moltmann went through the trouble of a lifetime's worth of study on a very neglected subject. It used to seem so hard to see a positive vision of the end, until I looked at scripture in context and in it's whole. Once my eyes opened, they agreed with my heart and the divided philosphies in my mind fell to a solid, scripturally based view of men, God and the earth. Let the whole earth be filled with his glory! Earth without end, amen.

The problem arising with Moltman is the history of Liberation Theology which was largely based on insights found in his writings. The view that God is for the poor of the earth, which is very solid in scriputre, led to an uprising that was co-opted into man's ruling of man, only with a different face. When you abandon the false view of negative eschatology, you end up with ever expanding individual freedoms given by God. If you expect these freedoms to be the gift of government, you can miss the point. This book will help us work through this issue for ourselves and hopefully find answers within the scope of the word of God.

Once I abandoned the thought of a cataclysmic end of all, I had to open to ideas of how mankind would transition into the coming kingdom of God. Seeing it is the taking away the pointing of the finger and speaking wickedness which makes my light arise, I am left with little to point at. Once I stopped accusing God's creation and left any judgment to him, I eased into a peace which had eluded me. I have been freed from the need to scare people away from hell toward heaven and have adjusted my view according to the whole of scripture. This view has prepared me to advise nations rather than curse them. In doing so, God has given me insights into others who have done this, like Daniel, Joseph, etc.

It won't be easy to build a personal doctrine of blessing in the midst of such widespread cursing in the name of God but it is well worth the time and effort. Buying this book will be a sign post on the road to your freedom from cataclysmic visions of you, your childrens' and your grandchildren's future. That supposed future isn't from God. It is not from above but born of cursing and contention. Surely it should not be so among us, the church.

If you want to expand possibilities of where we may go from here, I recommend reading on the new apostolic reformation or enlightenment. Find new books on apostles and weigh the words for yourself. Given the chance I would call what some are calling the new reformation the "Age of Wisdom" as I feel that is what God is leading us into. On the heals of this age, we will see the age of the kingdom ushered in in fullness. I myself have opened to the view that it may come more incrementally as freedom and justice grow in our midst. Of the increase of his government there will be no end. So be it!
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Moltmann, Sun of Righteousness, arise! May 20 2010
By Jon K. Newton - Published on Amazon.com
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A stimulating and thought-provoking series of essays.
Covers a range of topics that Moltmann is known to write about, e.g. Christian eschatology, the resurrection, justice and creation.
While I don't agree with him on all points, he gets me thinking about aspects of a topic I hadn't given enough weight to. I particularly liked the essay "Face to Face."
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A theology for our time June 12 2010
By jean Hassenforder - Published on Amazon.com
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To day, a new culture is growing through the world. Religious sectarianism is more and more contested. Interrelations are developing everywhere as Dwight Friesen is showing us in his book : « Thy kingdom connected ». Writing : « Sun of righteousness, Arise », Jürgen Moltmann is in tune with a new paradigm, holistic, interrelational, ecological. It brings meaning for spiritual seekers in every continent, from Europe and America to Asia and Africa. In the movement of the risen Christ, we are participating to « God's future for humanity and earth ». In this book, Moltmann leads us to explore some of his best insights : « The God of Resurrection... God is rigteousness and justice... God in nature ». God is goodness, God is love. God is « an open Trinity » who is begetting a new humanity, a new universe . « All in God. God in all things ». In this God, we hope. In this God, we trust. This is a just tone in front of God's representations in which he is either authoritarian or distant. This is a theology of life. « Jesus did not found a new religion. He brings new life into the world » (p. 77). « We live in the divine Spirit's field of force and experience his vitalizing efficacies » (p.115). « Original and true christanity is a movement of hope in this world, which is so arrogant and yet so despairing. That also makes it a movement of healing for sick souls and bodies. And, not least, it is a movement of liberation for life, in opposition to the violence which oppresses the people » (p. 115). So, this is a theology which answers both to personal and social questions and needs . This is a theology for our time. (See : une théologie pour notre temps (site internet de l'association chrétienne interconfessionnelle française : Témoins).
Jean Hassenforder
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Expression of Life! May 20 2010
By Colleen Mac Dougall - Published on Amazon.com
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This writing offers to a disturbed world cause to pause and gain perspective on what its disturbance asks of how we are to lead now. Such lights a way for us not to recover, but to restore the creation God has invited us into. I felt the sense of Life as I read!

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