The Image of Hope Time, History, and Hope in the Theological Aesthetics of Eberhard Jüngel



Published Nov 3, 2022
C.M. Howell


This article articulates the contributions of Eberhard Jüngel for the theology of hope movement. While standing in general accord with this movement, Jüngel draws on the realm of aesthetics for the basis of hope, rather than that of reason or politics. Aesthetic events—such as beauty or revelation—interrupt the world and impart freedom by establishing new possibilities for historical existence. Hope becomes practical within the spaces created by these events. Hope becomes certain, however, because the possibilities God communicates to the world are also constitutive of the divine being. The resurrection of Jesus is not just the appearance of God’s promise to the world; but, as an event, is itself this promise. Following, Jüngel’s key contribution to theologies of hope is that aesthetics offers positive content of eschatology.

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Eberhard Jüngel, Jurgen Moltmann, Theology of Hope, Eschatology, Theological Aesthetics