“The Church will have no future if it simply extrapolates into the future the path it took in the past. It will only have a future if it anticipates the kingdom of God in Jesus’ name and is prepared to be converted to his future, freeing itself from imprisonment in the past,” Jürgen Moltmann writes in the preface to The Church in the Power of the Spirit, a book that sets the doctrine of the church and the sacraments in the perspective of the Holy Spirit. He offers the church a mirror, seeking to rediscover the dimensions of pneumatology and to understand God as God of community.
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This book, which in my opinion is Moltmann’s best, can be recommended on the basis that it contains challenging and creative insights that can be used by the discriminating reader in the service of church renewal. . . Moltmann represents the theology of liberation at its best, and those who wish to know more about this theology would do well to study this creative and searching theologian.
Moltmann is perhaps unsurpassed among his contemporaries in keenness of insight and rhetorical power.
Moltmann presents a stirring vision which every Christian community could well ponder. . . With a missionary emphasis, he seeks to help the reader face the question of the church’s identity in the light of the contemporary political, economic, and social scene.
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.