26 October 2009

A Change Agent: Restless Hope

“Faith, whenever it develops into hope, causes not rest but unrest, not patience but impatience.

It does not calm the unquiet heart, but is itself this unquiet heart in man.

Those who hope in Christ can no longer put up with reality as it is, but begin to suffer under it, to contradict it.

Peace with God means conflict with the world, for the good of the promised future stabs inexorably into the flesh of every unfulfilled present.”

  • J├╝rgen Moltmann, The Theology of Hope (London, UK: SCM Press, 1967), p. 21