The Annihilation Of Hell: Universal Salvation and the Redemption of Time in the Eschatology of Jürgen Moltmann

The Annihilation Of Hell: Universal Salvation and the Redemption of Time in the Eschatology of Jürgen Moltmann. Nik Ansell. Paternoster Press, 2013.

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For Jürgen Moltmann, Hell is the nemesis of Hope. The “Annihilation of Hell” thus refers both to Hell’s annihilative power in history and to the overcoming of that power as envisioned by Moltmann’s distinctive theology of the cross in which God becomes “all in all” through Christ’s descent into Godforsakenness. The negation of Hell and the fulfillment of history are inseparable. Attentive to the overall contours and dynamics of Moltmann’s thinking — especially his zimzum doctrine of creation, his eschatologically oriented philosophy of time, and his expanded understanding of the nature-grace relationship — this study asks whether the universal salvation that he proposes can honor human freedom, promise vindication for those who suffer, and do justice to biblical revelation. As well as providing an in-depth exposition of Moltmann’s ideas, The Annihilation of Hell also explores how a “covenantal universalism” might revitalize our web of beliefs in a way that is attuned to the authorizing of Scripture and the spirituality of existence. If divine and human freedom are to be reconciled, as Moltmann believes, the confrontation between Hell and Hope will entail rethinking issues that are not only at the center of theology but at the heart of life itself.

Richard Rorty Book Launch

Thomas E. Reynolds, Ronald A. Kuipers. 2013

Who's Afraid of Rorty? CPRSE Celebrates the Launch of Director Ronald A. Kuipers' Book on the Infamous American Philosopher, Richard Rorty.

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Explore the latest volume in Bloomsbury Press' Contemporary American Thinkers Series, which Princeton's Jeffrey Stout describes as "a well-informed, interesting, and clear overview of Richard Rorty's contribution to American thought." Meet Rorty, the bad-boy of analytic philosophy, the liberal ironist, and the anticlerical prophet, on his mission to save Western thought from itself. Tom Reynolds of Emmanuel College provides opening reflections on the book, to which Kuipers' then responds.

Richard Rorty

Kuipers, Ronald A. Richard Rorty. New York: Bloomsbury Academic, 2013.

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Richard Rorty is one of the most oft-cited yet least understood philosophers of the twentieth century. This book offers an overview and introduction to Rorty's ideas, key writings and contributions to the various fields of philosophy. Chronologically organized, the book traces the development of Rorty's thought and examines all the key topics, and controversies, central to his work. Ronald A. Kuipers introduces Rorty’s complex thought through the exploration of three Rortyan personas: The Philosophical Therapist, The Liberal Ironist, and the Anticlerical Prophet. This exploration of Rorty’s multivalent yet deeply coherent intellectual identity is set against the background of Rorty’s personal motivations for studying philosophy, and for pursuing the controversial questions he did. The book portrays how, in conversation with the traditions of American Pragmatism, Analytic Philosophy, and Continental Thought, Rorty weaves his own unique and original philosophy. Rorty’s originality resides in his fresh approach to interrelated social and political problems, revealing a thinker who has important reasons for wading into controversial intellectual waters. This is the ideal companion to study of this hugely influential thinker.