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The Passion for Life: A Messianic Lifestyle
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The Passion for Life: A Messianic Lifestyle


Fortress Press 1978

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Jürgen Moltmann presents a theology from the perspective of a layperson in the congregation and addresses the question as to whether a Christian congregation can be formed in a post-industrial society. Making a persuasive case that the most crucial thing that today’s churches need is passion, he looks deep into the heart of the church and examines what it would take to regain that passion.

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Interested in more? Be sure to check out Jürgen Moltmann Collection (22 vols.).

Key Features

  • Presents a theology from the perspective of a layperson
  • Questions whether a Christian congregation can be formed in a post-industrial society
  • Explores the crucial role of passion in today’s churches


  • The Passion for Life
  • The Community with Others
  • Messianic Lifestyle
  • Open Friendship
  • The Feast of Freedom
  • The Passion for Life
  • The Ecumenical Church under the Cross
  • Hope in the Struggle of the People
  • The Congregation “From Below”

Praise for the Print Edition

This is the kind of book that every theologian in every generation should be invited to write. . . . For someone who has not yet read any of Moltmann’s work, this book would be a palpable way in which to begin. For a pastor or lay person who has read widely in Moltmann's corpus, this would be a worthy rehearsal of dominant themes. For the theological specialist who has read everything of Moltmann in both German and English, The Passion for Life would constitute a gentle reminder that theology exists for the sake of the congregation.


This book advocates a style of life for the Christian community that is properly communal, and also ‘theological’ in that it brings together action and reflection. Moltmann argues his right to speak as a member of ‘the people’ on the basis not of his place in the church but of his experience as an anonymous prisoner toward the end of World War II.

Anglican Theological Review

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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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