Hope is the leitmotiv of Jtirgen Moltmann's theology. Not merely one aspect of his
project, hope is the whole of it, the supreme doctrine interpenetrating all others.
Indeed, hope is his method.
The following study is entitled 'Theology as Hope', a play on words intended to
convey two meanings, simultaneously. First, the three-word dictum correctly labels
Moltmann's project. While his theology is correctly regarded as eschatological, there
is a more specific, identifiable centre: it is a pronouncement of hope from beginning
to end. The second meaning of the title, which is clarified and specified by the
subtitle, describes the content of the present study. In the pages following,
Moltmann's theology is explored from the angle of his doctrine of hope
The present study is both historical and developmental while also being
analytical and interrogative. Chronologically this exploration seeks to show the
nature, composition and development of Moltmann's doctrine of hope, as the
distinctive doctrine of his theology, implicating all others. Part I establishes
Moltmann's doctrine of hope as grounded in God's faithfulness in the cross and
resurrection. Part II investigates major doctrines in his programme in light of this