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The Church in the Power of the Spirit: A Contribution to Messianic Ecclesiology [Paperback]

By Jurgen Moltmann (Author)
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Pages   430
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.58" Width: 5.57" Height: 0.91"
Weight:   1.11 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Sep 1, 1993
Publisher   Augsburg Fortress Publishers
ISBN  0800628217  
EAN  9780800628215  

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This book can be recommended on the basis that it cont ains 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.

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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." --Donald G. Bloesch Christianity Today "Moltmann is perhaps unsurpassed among his contemporaries in keenness of insight and rhetorical power." --Daniel L. Migliore, Theology Today "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." --Religious Education

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More About Jurgen Moltmann

Jurgen Moltmann Jürgen Moltmann (born 8 April 1926) is a German Reformed theologian who is Professor Emeritus of Systematic Theology at the University of Tübingen. Moltmann is a major figure in modern theology and was the recipient of the 2000 University of Louisville and Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary Grawemeyer Award in Religion, and was also selected to deliver the prestigious Gifford Lectures in 1984-1985. He has made significant contributions to a number of areas of Christian theology, including systematic theology, eschatology, ecclesiology, political theology, Christology, pneumatology, and the theology of creation.

Influenced heavily by Karl Barth's theology, Hegel's philosophy of history, and Ernst Bloch's philosophy of hope, Moltmann developed his own form of liberation theology predicated on the view that God suffers with humanity, while also promising humanity a better future through the hope of the Resurrection, which he has labelled a 'theology of hope'. Much of Moltmann's work has been to develop the implications of these ideas for various areas of theology. While much of Moltmann's early work was critiqued by some as being non-Trinitarian, during the latter stages of his career Moltmann has become known for developing a form of Social Trinitarianism. His two most famous works are Theology of Hope and The Crucified God.

Jurgen Moltmann has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Concilium: Theology in the Age of Renewal
  2. Gifford Lectures
  3. Paternoster Theological Monographs

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Jurgen Moltmann, "The Church in the Power of the Spirit"  May 25, 2008
"The Church in the Power of the Spirit" was written in 1977 as part of a theological enterprize begun in 1968 and still going on. What stands out to me about his systematic theological thinking is his application of theology to contermporary social crises such as poverty, hunger, war and ecology and the creative innovation he employs in doctrines of the Trinity, Creation, the Church, and particularly the Holy Spirit. This book as its title indicates deals with innovations in church doctrine and practice influenced by the liberating power of the Holy Spirit, especially in light of the eschatological (last things) mission of Jesus as Messiah. It is pregnant with thrilling insights. The only downside might be from the typically German syntax which makes for difficult reading complicated by constant reference to building stones in his overall theological system. If one can make it through out, the rewards awaiting the reader are plentious.
Gotta read it.  Dec 11, 2001
It has been one of the distinct pleasures of my academic life to read the works of Jürgen Moltmann. Each text I pick up I find myself enjoying more, and can measure the growth of my own theological development by how much better I am understanding Moltmann. It is, I am finding, impossible to read any of Moltmann?s texts just once and fully understand it. All the books interact and inform each other in a dynamic way. The Church in the Power of the Spirit is Moltmann's "contribution to messianic ecclesiology", an exploration into what the Church is and why the Church exists.

This book expounds on the idea of there being an intimate connection between Christ and the Church. The Church is not only believing in and pointing towards the risen Christ, the Church has Christ as the foundation of its entire being. Moltmann writes, "Every statement about the church will be a statement about Christ. Every statement about Christ also implies a statement about the church." Any theological discussion about the Church, he suggests, must then entail an accompanying discussion of the person and work of Jesus. It is also the case that the Church is not an isolated entity, but rather is a community of those who have been called to be light to this world, spreading the reality of the kingdom through multiple ways, reflecting the presence of God to this world. Because of this aspect, a proper ecclesiology cannot just look at the inner aspects of the church?s being, but must be in continual conversation with how the Church is indeed relating to the world as a whole. With this comes this understanding that the Church as filled with the One Spirit is also One, prompting the continual development of understanding not only how the Church is One, but actively engaging in conversation to discover how the Church could once again practically actually be united. Because God is not only active in "religious" arenas, but is seeking to save the whole world, Moltmann argues for a political dimension which is required of the Church, engaging it in not only the proclamation of future rewards but also the active work towards a present transformation of society.

These four dimensions are then framed within what can be called a Trinitarian outline. Moltmann begins by looking at the work and influence of Jesus, seeking to understand how Jesus did live, expounding on his emphases, and reflecting on the shape that his ministry took. Rather than seeking to simply let the proclamation be about Jesus, Moltmann argues that the proclamation should be that of Jesus. He follows this with a section exploring the kingdom of God, showing the work of God prior to, and even outside of, the Christian church, showing that the Church is not representing the fullness of the kingdom, but is in fact a participant, a living piece which is part of God?s whole plan to save this whole world. He then has two sections which connect the Church to the Holy Spirit, first focusing on how the Church is in the presence of the Holy Spirit, then showing how the Church is in the power of the Holy Spirit. It is the Spirit that animates, leads, expands, and matures the Church, giving content to our worship and power to our plans. Only at the end, in a last brief session, does Moltmann discuss the actual marks of the Church, showing how the prior sections reflect in an actual existence, taking up, as did Kung, the idea of unity, catholicity, holiness, and apostolicity. One of Moltmann?s distinctive emphases as a theologian is his attraction to a political theology. For him, the power of the Spirit in the life of the Church is not limited to the confines of the Church, but is active in redemption throughout various structures, demanding that we act in a way which reflects this redemption of what is usually called the secular.

While there is much to be agreed and disagreed with, this text is one anyone interested in the study of the Church simply must wrestle with.

Questioin on Editor  Jan 16, 2001
To the editor, Actually I came to this area to know the publishing company and the place where the book published: The Church in the Power of the Spirit : A contribution to Messianic Ecclesiology.

Could you give me answer?

Thank you very much.

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Radical Reorientation  Oct 26, 2000
Moltmann challenges the reader to think "outside of the box" with regard to ecclesiology. His model for church is organic, freeing the reader to imagine herself as an ecclesiological architect. Anyone struggling with the confines of traditional church structure will enjoy the journey with Moltmann.

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