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The Future of Hope

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Written by truly eminent thinkers, this volume offers a critique of today's stifling cultural climate and shows why the vision of hope central to Christian faith must be a basic component of any flourishing society.


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Written by truly eminent thinkers, this volume offers a critique of today's stifling cultural climate and shows why the vision of hope central to Christian faith must be a basic component of any flourishing society.
-Publisher

Over the last three decades a major cultural shift has taken place in the attitudes of Western societies toward the future. Modernitybs eclipse by postmodernity is characterized in large part by the loss of hope for a future substantially better than the present. Old optimism about human progress has given way to uncertainty and fear. In this book scholars from various disciplines -- theology, the social sciences, and the humanities -- explore the move from a bculture of optimismb to a bculture of ambiguity, b and they seek to infuse todaybs jaded language of hope with a new vitality."The Future of Hope" offers a powerful critique of todaybs stifling cultural climate and shows why the vision of hope central to Christian faith must be a basic component of any flourishing society. The first section of the book sets the context with telling cultural criticism of modernity. The second section focuses on affinities between premodern Christian visions of hope and twentieth-century thought. The finalsection of,the book examines the relationship between postmodern thought, Christian tradition, and biblical hope, addressing how Christians in a postmodern world can best articulate their faith.Written by truly profound thinkers, these chapters are diverse in their content, methodologies, and temperament, yet they are united by a deep engagement with both the Christian tradition and the larger cultural and intellectual climate in which we live and work. "The Future of Hope" can thus be read not just as an attempt at retrieval of hope for today but as itself one small act of hope in an age when people too seldom take time to think critically and hopefully.Contributors: DavidBillingsRobert Paul DoedeKevin L. HughesPaul Edward HughesDaniel JohnsonWilliam KaterbergJohn MilbankJurgen MoltmannJames K. A. SmithMiroslav VolfNicholas Wolterstorff
-Publisher

PRODUCT DETAIL
  • Catalogue Code 209831
  • Product Code 0802827527
  • EAN 9780802827524
  • Pages 235
  • Department Academic
  • Category Theology
  • Sub-Category General
  • Publisher Eerdmans
  • Publication Date Apr 2004
  • Dimensions 226 x 150 x 17mm
  • Weight 0.343kg

William Katerberg (Ed)

William H. Katerberg is associate professor of history and director of the Program in Western American Studies at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan. His most recent book is The Future of Hope: Christian Tradition amid Modernity and Postmodernity.

Miroslav Volf (Ed)

Miroslav Volf (Dr. Theol., University of Tubingen) is the Director of the Yale Center for Faith and Culture and the Henry B. Wright Professor of Systematic Theology. Professor Volf's recent books include Free of Charge: Giving and Forgiving in a Culture Stripped of Grace (2006), Archbishop of Canterbury Lenten book for 2006; Exclusion and Embrace: A Theological Exploration of Identity, Otherness, and Reconciliation (1996), a winner of the 2002 Grawemeyer Award; After Our Likeness: The Church as the Image of the Trinity (1998), winner of the Christianity Today book award, and The End Of Memory: Remembering Rightly in a Violent World.
A member of the Episcopal Church in the U.S.A. and the Evangelical Church in Croatia, Professor Volf was involved in international ecumenical dialogues (for instance, with the Vatican Council for Promotion of Christian Unity) and interfaith dialogues (most recently in Christian-Muslim dialogue). A native of Croatia, he regularly teaches and lectures in Central and Eastern Europe.
Koorong -Editorial Review.

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