Experiences in Theology: Ways and Forms of Christian Theology

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Fortress Press - 392 pages
Theology always has been (and is for Moltmann) not an abstract or otherworldly endeavor but one nourished by, and responsive to, experiences in and with life itself. In this volume, the final in his series of systematic "contributions" to theology, Moltmann looks ahead from the landmarks of his own theological journey. He searches out those intersections of his own life with contemporary events that have kindled and impelled his theological thinking (part 1). The perspective of hope, the central moment in Moltmann's thought, is freshly explained, while other basic theological themes and concepts are developed and interrelated (part 2).

But more than that, Moltmann uses these theological tinders to spark the flames of the chief directions in liberating theological thought today -- black, Latin American, Minjung, and feminist theologies -- (part 3) and the central motif of Trinity (part 4).

This volume not only introduces Moltmann's theology, it also utilizes the contemporary religious and political scene to incite ones own theological reflection.

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Contents

6 Counterimages counterhistories and counterworlds of subversive talk about God
173
the faithcreating word
177
III
181
The two sides of oppression
183
Black theology for whites
189
2 African slavery 15181888 and the building of the modern world of the West
191
3 Marcus Mosiah Garvey 18871940 and the Back to Africa movement
197
4 Malcolm X 19251965 and black separation
201

How does someone become a true theologian? Suffering from God and delight in God
23
Theology of history
28
scriptural religion
31
3 The discernment of God in history
33
4 Knowing God forgetting God
38
5 A modern end of history?
41
Christian theology
43
I believe so that I may understand Credo ut intelligam
45
hope become wise docta spes
51
3 The reasonableness of love intellectus amoris
57
4 Is Christian theology revealed theology?
61
Natural theology
64
1 Natural theology as the presupposition for Christian theology
65
2 Natural theology as the goal of Christian theology
70
3 Christian theology itself is the true natural theology
73
4 Natural theology as a task for Christian theology
79
II
85
The logic of promise
87
2 Promise not prophecy
93
3 The covenant oath
96
4 Promise makes Gods future present
98
5 Promise opens up history in the possibilities of God
102
6 A critique of the Reformation concept of promissio
106
7 The real promise of creation
109
Historical hermeneutics
114
2 Historical hermeneutics of the future
118
3 The hermeneutics of the Bibles promissory history
125
I What makes writings holy scriptures?
134
2 Is the Bible the Word of God or a human testimony of faith?
139
5 The Spirit of life as the real interpreter
145
4 The biblical texts as furthering life
148
Theological epistemology
151
2 The principle of analogy
155
3 The play of metaphors
161
4 Negative or apophatic theology
166
unlike knows unlike
169
5 Martin Luther King 19291968 and American integration
206
6 James Cone and black theology
211
Latin American liberation theology for the First World
217
2 The exploitation of a continent and the building up of the Western world
221
3 The preferential option for the poor the option for Christ
230
4 Historical liberation and eschatological redemption
237
5 The Roman fight against liberation theology
244
Minjung theology for the ruling classes
249
2 Jesus and the people ochlos in the Gospel of Mark
252
3 Messiah and minjung
255
4 Who is the suffering servant of Goa?
258
5 We are the people in democracy and church
262
Feminist theology for men
268
facts and interpretations
274
3 The Bible and patriarchy
278
4 Patriarchy and the church
283
5 The liberation of the man from the patriarchal God complex
289
Unanswered questions
293
1 If praxis is the criterion of theory what is the criterion of praxis?
294
2 If the crucified people are to redeem the world who then redeems the people?
295
3 If the goal of liberation is to make the people the determining subject of their own history what is the goal of that history?
297
4 Does liberation theology lead to the liberation of the poor and women from Christian theology?
298
IV
301
Personal approaches
303
I Believe in the triune God
309
2 The trinitarian history of God
310
From the historical hope in Gods promise to the spatial experience of Gods indwelling
313
The unity of the Trinity the concept of perichoresis
321
Trinitarian experience of God
324
The trinitarian experience of fellowship
328
The Trinity is our social programme
332
The Fear of the Lord is the Beginning of Wisdom Science and Widsom
334
Notes
344
Index of Names
384
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