Original Research - Special Collection: World Communion of Reformed Churches

‘Living God, renew and transform us’ – 26th General Council of the World Communion of Reformed Churches, in Leipzig, Germany, 29 June to 07 July 2017

Jürgen Moltmann
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 73, No 1 | a4836 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v73i1.4836 | © 2017 Jürgen Moltmann | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 09 October 2017 | Published: 04 December 2017

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Jürgen Moltmann, University of Tübingen, Germany and Department of Dogmatics and Christian Ethics, Faculty of Theology, University of Pretoria, South Africa

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This article aims at exploring the theme ‘Living God, renew and transform us’ under the following headings: the living God and the gods of death, the desolation of atheism and the sun of righteousness, just law and the fullness of life. The author relates the ‘God of Life’ to a ‘theology embracing life’. He links the ‘gods of death’ to racism, capitalism and terrorism in which we ‘encounter a new religion of death’. He points out that Christianity is a religion of joy in God and sets out to illustrate this with selected biblical texts. In the section ‘The desolation of atheism’, the author argues that modern atheism offers a ‘reduced life’. To make his point, he refers to his own personal experience and the theological ‘protest atheism’ which arose in the 19th century. The author concludes by stating that atheism offers nothing positive. In the final section, ‘The sun of righteousness, just law and the fullness of life’, the author addresses issues of justice. In referring to the Reformation doctrine on justification, the author states that the justification of victims requires confessio oris, rising up from humiliation and forgiveness.


Reconciliation; hope; forgiveness; human condition; Christ; ‘In the end is the beginning’; ‘Fullness of Life’


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