By Michael Gilbertson
This publication examines the query of the way God may possibly relate to the world of human heritage. It explores this query in part via a research of a selected New testomony textual content, the publication of Revelation, and in part via research of the paintings of 2 modern theologians, JÜrgen Moltmann and Wolfhart Pannenberg. Michael Gilbertson, for that reason, brings New testomony experiences and historic theology into discussion. even if Pannenberg and Moltmann were seriously prompted by way of apocalyptic literature, this is often the 1st particular research in their theology of historical past within the mild of Revelation.
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Bloch also uses the concept of transcendence, though not in the usual sense of a reality existing ‘above’ the earthly present, but rather as an immanent, eschatological concept. But the role that utopia plays in relation to the world at hand is not merely eschatological: it is also dialectical. It interacts with the world at hand in a process which includes a role for utopia in judging the inadequacies of the world at hand. This framework becomes highly significant for Moltmann’s idea of hope as contradiction of the present, which is one of the most important ways in which his approach differs from that of Pannenberg.
Arguing that Bultmann’s position leads to the swallowing up of history by eschatology. 48 First published in 1959. Pannenberg also acknowledges the importance of Bloch in reawakening interest in eschatology (1971, pp. ). A modern debate about faith and history 17 process. The process becomes a purely earthly one, with the ‘subject’ as the working man. Bloch also sought to rehabilitate the concept of utopia, as fundamental to the nature of reality as something unfinished. Like Pannenberg, Bloch argues that Hegel’s system is insufficiently open to the future.
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