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The Future of Hope : Christian Tradition Amid Modernity and Postmodernity :  Christian Tradition Amid Modernity and Postmodernity - Miroslav Volf

The Future of Hope : Christian Tradition Amid Modernity and Postmodernity

Christian Tradition Amid Modernity and Postmodernity

By: Miroslav Volf (Editor)

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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 final section 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: DavidBillings
Robert Paul Doede
Kevin L. Hughes
Paul Edward Hughes
Daniel Johnson
William Katerberg
John Milbank
Jurgen Moltmann
James K. A. Smith
Miroslav Volf
Nicholas Wolterstorff

Acknowledgmentsp. vii
Introduction: Retrieving Hopep. ix
Hope amid History and Late Modern Culture
Progress and Abyss: Remembrances of the Future of the Modern Worldp. 3
Contrary Hopes: Evangelical Christianity and the Decline Narrativep. 27
History, Hope, and the Redemption of Timep. 49
Early Christianity in Conversation with Contemporary Thought
Seeking Justice in Hopep. 77
The Crossing of Hope, or Apophatic Eschatologyp. 101
Natality or Advent: Hannah Arendt and Jurgen Moltmann on Hope and Politicsp. 125
Christian Hope and Postmodernity
The Gospel of Affinityp. 149
Wounded Vision and the Optics of Hopep. 170
Determined Hope: A Phenomenology of Christian Expectationp. 200
Contributorsp. 228
Index of Names and Subjectsp. 230
Index of Scripture Referencesp. 235
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ISBN: 9780802827524
ISBN-10: 0802827527
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 248
Published: April 2004
Publisher: William B Eerdmans Publishing Co
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.88  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.35