Hope for Elderly People Applying Jurgen Moltmann's Eschatology

John Byles

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Abstract

We are all living longer. Within the last century the average lifespan in Australia has risen from 55.2 years for men and 56.5 years for women to 79.7 years for men and 64.2 years for women. This situation is typical of societies in the Western World. In this world aging people find unique threats and fears. Coupled with the ageing of society is a pervasive atmosphere of depression and
anxiety.

This thesis is a theological inquiry. It reaches back into the Christian tradition to see what hope is relevant for the present generation. Juergen Moltmann is the leading thinker who not only discovered hope for himself but has sought to promote it and still does promote it, through his study of eschatology which, for him, is the focus of Christian theology.

Many attempts have been made over the centuries to find hope, ranging from various utopias to extension of human life. The grim spectre of mortality and frailty of human nature have negated these attempts.

This thesis looks at the hope of immortality and finds that it is inadequate.
We then turn to God to find hope. Moltmann found hope in a devastating period in his personal life and that the Christian God is not a remote deity, but One who is involved with His creatures.
He is a promissory God who has promised eternal life.
Moltmann stresses that this eternal life is not the survival of the soul which is a Platonic idea but the resurrection of the body.
Moltmann concludes by arguing for a re-created universe.
Original languageEnglish
QualificationMaster of Theology
Awarding Institution
  • Charles Sturt University
Supervisors/Advisors
  • Pearson, Clive, Principal Supervisor
Award date28 Aug 2015
Place of PublicationAustralia
Publisher
Publication statusPublished - 2015

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    Byles, J. (2015). Hope for Elderly People Applying Jurgen Moltmann's Eschatology. Charles Sturt University.