A creative and programmatic work, Ethics of Hope is a realistic assessment of the human prospect, as well as its imperatives, from one who stakes everything on Gods promise to rescue life from the jaws of death....
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Ethics of Hope Reviews
The final in Moltmann's trilogy spanning forty-five years: commencing with "Theology of Hope" and continuing with "The Crucified God".
In my opinion, Professor Moltmann is at his best when he is exploring the Trinity with profound statements that lead readers to value relationships with the Divine, and with each other, more deeply. This book does not represent Moltmann at his best. I was strategically written to the non-academic reader, but the absence of reasoned justification for the positions he takes in this book is noteworthy. Just when he is starting to make a significant claim, and you hope to see how he came to the conclusion, he moves on to another subject. I'm a fan of footnotes, but I can bear up with endnotes when an author entertains their claims more thoroughly in the text. So, even though Moltmann does have some footnotes that delve more deeply into his strong positions, they are not adequate. The book feels more like a propaganda piece than a layman's version of a scholarly work. A good example of what this book could have been (in terms of a non-academic version of a significant scholarly work) is representative in James K. A. Smith's book, You Are What You Love. Moltmann results more often to unfounded opinions about sociopolitical conditions that he believes exist in the world, and how his view of theology and hope addresses the issues. I was disappointed. If you are looking for a more engaging and founded survey on Christian ethics, Patrick Nullens The Matrix of Christian Ethics would be a better pick.
As someone who has read a massive amount of Moltmann, I found the book to be a bit uneven.It has a number of strengths: first it does a fair job of introducing the new reader to Moltmannian themes. The reader intimately familiar with Moltmann's major works, especially The Theology of Hope through The Coming of God will recognize much of the underlying material here. Second, Moltmann makes even more explicit some of the implicit points of discussion in the realms of anthropology, the environment, and politics. In many regards, this book takes an almost Barthian turn where Moltmann lays out his theological contributions and only then addresses the ethic it involved. Third, one cannot but be moved by the passion in which Moltmann writes. Two facts continually emerge: he loves God and he loves the creation. Consequently, this book is continually sides on God for the glory of God and the creation for the glory of God's creation.Yet, it has a number of weaknesses as well. These weaknesses correspond with its strengths. First, Moltmann is often a novel thinker. Those unfamiliar with his works will be forced to accept complex theological maneuvers with little explanation. Their foreigner status might offend the new reader. Second, the reader is left either agreeing with Moltmann or not. This may be unavoidable, but Moltmann often leaves a "take my opinion on this, I've thought much about it." Consequently, there is much too much "I have this viewpoint on X, you should too." This probably is due to the only superficial treatment Moltmann is able to devout to the foundation of his arguments.
The most recent volume from Moltmann (and probably his last). This is the book he wanted to write in the 60s but had to put off for a (very) long time. Due to the dramatic advances in science and technology over the past 50 years, it is fortunate that he waited such a long time to write it.Moltmann takes the main theme of his oeuvres - the importance of eschatological thinking to Christian theology due to the resurrection of Christ - and develops the implications of it for Christian praxis (thus tying into another central theme of Moltmann's - the need for a political/public theology).Moltmann begins by distinguishing his own approach to ethics from various prior attempts in Christian theology. He then discusses his various applications of ethics (medical, ecological, war). I was disappointed, though, that he didn't discuss the issue of gay marriage at all when talking about human rights. A curious omission considering that it is an issue undergoing public discussion throughout the world.