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Hope and Community: A Constructive Christian Theology for the Pluralistic World
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Hope and Community: A Constructive Christian Theology for the Pluralistic World


Eerdmans 2017

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This fifth and final volume of Veli-Matti Kärkkäinen’s ambitious five-volume systematic theology develops a constructive Christian eschatology and ecclesiology in dialogue with the Christian tradition, with contemporary theology in all its global and contextual diversity, and with other major living faiths—Judaism, Islam, Buddhism, and Hinduism.

In Part One of the book Kärkkäinen discusses eschatology in the contexts of world faiths and natural sciences, including physical, cosmological, and neuroscientific theories. In Part Two, on ecclesiology, he adopts a deeply ecumenical approach. His proposal for greater Christian unity includes the various dimensions of the church’s missional existence and a robust dialogical witness to other faith communities.

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Key Features

  • Presents the final volume of Kärkkäinen’s systematic theology
  • Examines Christian eschatology and ecclesiology, as well as in comparison and context to world religions


  • Part I: Hope
    • Introduction: On the Possibility and Conditions of a Constructive Christian Eschatology
    • The “End” of the Cosmos and Life in Natural Sciences’ Conjectures
    • Eschatological Visions and Symbols among Religions
    • A Trinitarian Theology of Hope
    • The Transition from Time to Eternity and New Creation
    • Resurrection as the Destiny of the Cosmos and Humanity
    • The Flourishing of Nature and Humanity in the Perspective of New Creation
    • Overcoming Evil and Defeating Violence
    • A Christian Theology of Religious Ends in the Pluralistic World
    • The Consummation: “New Heavens and New Earth”
  • Part II: Community
    • Introduction: The Christian Church and Ecclesiology in the Matrix of Secularism(s) and Religious Pluralism(s)
    • Visions of Community among Religions
    • Community after the Trinity
    • The Ecclesiality of the Church: An Ecumenical Proposal and Appeal
    • Church as Communion of Communions
    • The Church as Mission
    • Missional Existence as the Sacramental and Liturgical Celebration
    • Missional Existence as the Charismatic-Diaconal Ministry
    • Missional Existence as the Pursuit of the Diversified and Plural Unity of the Church
    • Missional Existence as Hospitable Dialogue: The Church among Religious Communities and Secularisms

Praise for the Print Edition

Extraordinary. . . . Kärkkäinen’s awareness of contemporary issues and vast learning make this volume a necessity for any scholar or Christian leader.


With awe and admiration readers of this comprehensive and lucid book will no doubt link its author’s name with Thomas, Calvin, Barth, Moltmann, and other theological luminaries. After the completion of Kärkkäinen’s five-volume project, theology will not be the same.

—Peter Phan, Georgetown University

Product Details

  • Title: Hope and Community: A Constructive Christian Theology for the Pluralistic World
  • Author: Veli-Matti Kärkkäinen
  • Series: A Constructive Christian Theology for the Pluralistic World
  • Publisher: Eerdmans
  • Publication Date: 2017
  • Pages: 592
  • Resource Type: Monograph
  • Topic: Theology

About Veli-Matti Kärkkäinen

Veli-Matti Kärkkäinen is professor of systematic theology at Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, California, and docent of ecumenics at the University of Helsinki, Finland. His many previous books include Christ and Reconciliation, Trinity and Revelation, Creation and Humanity, and Spirit and Salvation, which respectively comprise the first four volumes in A Constructive Christian Theology for the Pluralistic World.

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