The most popular source of theological hope for modern Christians is that of Jürgen Moltmann. Preachers, teachers, and lay people reflect Moltmann’s influence, with their hope in a this-worldly eschatology and a suffering God. However, an exclusive reliance on that hope deprives the church of crucial resources in the face of global economic, environmental, and military crises. Our Only Hope explores Moltmannian hope and considers its costs before looking elsewhere for additional contributions, from Thomas Aquinas’ theological virtue of hope to nihilism and beyond, in order to encourage the church to sustain and practise hope in Jesus Christ, our only hope.
1. Moltmann’s Hope and Moltmannian Theological Hope
2. The Costs of a Moltmannian Hope
3. A Thomistic Grammar of Hope
4. Provocative Hope
5. Our Only Hope
Subject and Name Index
Endorsements and Reviews
With uncompromising compassion and clarity, Margaret B. Adam brings the grammar of the theological tradition to bear on Moltmannian theology. Her theological therapy produces a better theology of hope, one that can engage the contemporary interlocutors of nihilism, lament, disability theology, and feminist theory while also addressing the real sufferings of contemporary persons.
M. Therese Lysaught, Loyola University, Chica
In this important and engaging work, Adam rescues theological hope from the limitations of its Moltmannian fashions by recovering much-needed wisdom from the wider Christian tradition. She likewise challenges us to rethink several intractable problems surrounding Christian hope by engaging with several unconventional yet surprisingly resourceful discourses. A most timely book in an age bereft of genuine hope.
Philip D. Kenneson, Milligan College, Tennessee