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On Human Dignity: Political Theology and Ethics
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On Human Dignity: Political Theology and Ethics


Fortress Press 2007

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“It is the duty of the Christian faith to stand for the dignity of human beings in their life with God and for God.” —Jürgen Moltmann

This collection of provocative essays by one of the world’s most distinguished theologians deals with diverse topics, covering the right to work, nuclear war, the Olympic Games, Lutheran and Reformed political thought, and the “common hope” of Judaism and Christianity—all within the framework of human rights. Jürgen Moltmann believes that the dignity of the human being is the source for all human rights; if this dignity is not acknowledged and exercised, human beings cannot fulfill their destiny of living as the image of God.

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Key Features

  • Explores diverse topics within the framework of human rights
  • Discusses the dignity of the human being as the source for human rights
  • Provides insight on the destiny of living as the image of God


  • “Introduction” by M. Douglas Meeks
  • Ecumenical Dialoguee on Human Rights
  • Christian Faith and Human Rights
  • The Right to Meaningful Work
  • Luther’s Doctrine of the Two Kingdoms and Its Use Today
  • Barth’s Doctrine of the Lordship of Jesus Christ and the Experience of the Confessing Church
  • Political Theology and Political Hermeneutic of the Gospel
  • Discipleship of Christ in an Age of Nuclear War
  • Religion and Culture in Europe
  • America as Dream
  • Olympism and Religion
  • Messianic Atheism
  • Church and Israel: A Common Way of Hope?

Praise for the Print Edition

Readers who know Moltmann’s earlier works . . . will welcome these essays for their clear and succinct application of his quite distinct theological perspective to a diverse and wide range of topics. He is not so much writing about the relation of social and political ethics to theology; rather, he is doing political theology in a lively and concrete way.

—Donald L. Berry, Harry Emerson Fosdick Professor of Philosophy and Religion Emeritus, Colgate University

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About Jürgen Moltmann

Jürgen Moltmann studied Christian theology in England and, after his return to Germany, in Göttingen. He served as a pastor from 1952 to1958 in Bremen. Since 1967 he has been Professor of Systematic Theology at the University of Tübingen and retired there in 1994. Among his many influential and award-winning books are The Theology of Hope (1967), The Crucified God (1974), The Trinity and the Kingdom (1981), The Spirit of Life (1994), and The Coming of God (1996), winner of the Grawemeyer Award in 2000, all published by Fortress Press.

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