Saturday, March 6, 2010

More from Moltmann

Some quotes from Juergen Moltmann's autobiography, A Broad Place:

On serving a rural church as pastor, after finishing his doctorate: With my doctorate, I at first felt a fool standing in the pulpit in front of this farming congregation. But earlier [childhood] I had lived with workers and famers in 'the hard school of life', and it was out of these experiences that I preached, not from my Gottingen lecture notes. This congregation taught me 'the shared theology of all believers', the theology of the people. Unless academic theology continually turns back to this theology of the people, it becomes abstract and irrelevant (p. 59).

On visiting the Maidaneck concentration and death camp near Lublin, Poland: At the time I wanted to sink into the ground for shame, and would have suffocated in the presence of the mass murder, if on one of the roads through the camp I had not suddenly had a vision. I looked int o the world of the resurrection and saw all these dead men, women, and children coming towards me. Since then I ahve know that God's history with Auschwitz and Maidanek has not been broken off, but that it goes further with the victims and with the perpetrators. Without hope for the 'new earth in which righteousness dwells' (2 Peter 3.13), this earth, which has suffered Treblinka and Maidanek, would be unendurable (p. 84).

On lectures on medical ethics, science and faith: Two special aspects emerged: on the one hand, to develop out of the mutual influence of theology and science a doctrine of wisdom that comprehends them both, and on the other, to take up the problems of the disabled . . . . The disabled are not a burden, nor are they a threat to the non-disabled; they are an enrichment for human society (p. 89).

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