Moltmann on hope & despair

I just read a quote from Moltmann cited by an educational colleague of mine, and it resonated with my soul. (thanks, Laurie). I must read more Moltmann…

If faith thus depends on hope for its life, then the sin of unbelief is manifestly grounded in hopelessness. To be sure it is usually said that sin in its original form is man’s wanting to be as God. But that is only one side of sin. The other side of such pride is hopelessness, resignation, inertia and melancholy….Temptation then consists not so much in the titanic desire to be as God, but in weakness, timidity, weariness, not wanting to be what God requires of us. [Jurgen Moltmann, Theology of Hope: On the Ground and the Implications of a Christian Eschatology, 22.]



3 thoughts on “Moltmann on hope & despair

  1. moltmann is just as marxist as tony blair or greenspan. which is NOT.

    Posted by Pete z. | March 3, 2010, 2:18 pm
  2. david, you’re both crass and uneducated. this quote is a beautiful sign, and while Moltmann has personal leanings that are uncomfortable to some american Christians, this quote bears none of that. you’re just out to slam what you do not know.

    O think moltmann is exactly right. despair and atheistic pride are the same thing.

    thus modernity and postmodernity. modernity was unrelenting optimism about the deification of man, and postmodernity is the despair that follows the failed attempt to be god.

    Posted by Eli | November 20, 2009, 9:33 am
  3. Todd,

    Moltmann quotes – resonating with your soul? If the ignis fatuus rantings of a German Marxist theologist results in that type of a resonation, I pity your parish.

    Posted by David | December 2, 2007, 12:13 pm

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