Thursday, April 8, 2021

Thursday thoughts about Moltmann

Jürgen Moltmann composed a very short Foreword (loc. 46) for Jürgen Moltmann in Plain English, Stephen D. Morrison's 2018 book, saying:
"I have endeavored to follow up scholarly theological books with shorter, generally accessible works.  I have kept myself accountable to the injunction:  'That which cannot be said simply is perhaps not worth saying at all.'  As such, I followed up Theology of Hope (1967) with the popular-level work, In the End — The Beginning (2004); my Christology, The Way of Jesus Christ (1990), with Jesus Christ for Today’s World (1994); and The Spirit of Life (1992) with The Source of Life (1997)."
I have all six of these books and noticed when comparing them how much shorter the "accessible works" are.
  • Theology of Hope has 342 pages,
    while In the End — The Beginning has only 192 pages.
  • The Way of Jesus Christ has 388 pages,
    while Jesus Christ for Today’s World has only 152 pages.
  • The Spirit of Life has 358 pages,
    while The Source of Life has only 148 pages.
Speaking of numbers, I have more like three dozen Moltmann books, some of which are on my Kindle.  I'd say the shorter versions would be a good place to start, if you are new to reading books by Jürgen Moltmann.  Wikipedia has a full list of his books.

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