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The Presence of God's Future:
The Risen Christ

Jurgen Moltmann

Contemporary images of the end of the world may be apocalyptic, but they are not therefore soundly Christian. Because the resurrection of the dead Christ is the ground and starting point of Christian hope,“the end” is also the beginning of new life. In Christ’s resurrection we recognize the presence of God’s promised future and our new beginning. Through Christ’s resurrection the powers of death--oppression, exploitation, sickness, and alienation--are already being overcome. Resurrection hope enlivens our senses and opens us to the beauty of life. Loving life, we are filled with compassion and incensed by evil and injustice. Resurrection spirituality allows us to discover that our heaven lies on a new earth, the resurrection of the whole groaning creation.

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