The truth of human freedom lies in the love that breaks down barriers.

— Jürgen Moltmann

The most courageous Jürgen Moltmann quotes that are little-known but priceless

Hope is lived when it comes alive, when we go outside of ourselves and, in joy and pain take part in the lives of others.


Even the disciples of Jesus all fled from their master's cross.

Christians who do not have the feeling that they must flee the crucified Christ have probably not yet understood him in a sufficiently radical way.


Personal, inner change without a change in circumstances and structures is an idealist illusion, as though man were only a soul and not a body as well.


God heals the sicknesses and the griefs by making the sicknesses and the griefs his suffering and his grief. In the image of the crucified God the sick and dying can see themselves, because in them the crucified God recognizes himself.


Totally without hope, one cannot live. To live without hope is to cease to live.


Passion is loving something enough to suffer for it.


Jesus' healings are not supernatural miracles in a natural world.

They are the only truly 'natural' things in a world that is unnatural, demonized and wounded.


That is why faith, wherever it develops into hope, causes not rest but unrest, not patience but impatience.... Those who hope in Christ can no longer put up with reality as it is.


In Christian terms, evangelization and humanization are not alternatives.

Nor are the vertical dimension of faith and the horizontal dimension of love for ones neighbor and political change.


To reinvent your own country you need a great audacity of hope.


Christ's own 'God-forsaken-ness' on the cross showed me where God is present where God had been present in those nights of deaths in the fire storms in Hamburg and where God would be present in my future whatever may come.


In the cross of Christ God is taking man dead-seriously so that he may open up for him the happy freedom of Easter. God takes upon himself the pain of negation and the God forsakenness of judgement to reconcile himself with his enemies and to give the godless fellowship with himself.


About Jürgen Moltmann

Quotes 34 sayings
Birthday April 8, 1926

As time goes on we become old, the future contracts, the past expands.

..But by future we don't just mean the years ahead; we always mean as well the plenitude of possibilities which challenge our creativity...In confrontation with the future we can become young if we accept the future's challenges.


The knowledge of the cross brings a conflict of interest between God who has become man and man who wishes to become God.


There were two different expectations in this land of the future.

On the one hand the the optimistic belief in an unending progress with millenarianistic overtones and on the other hand the doomsday expectation of the final battle of Armageddon. Both are perspectives are uniquely American and both are inter-related.


With every righteous action, we prepare the way for the New Earth on which righteousness will dwell. And bringing justice to those who suffer violence means to bring the light of God's future to them.


The present time of believers is no longer determined by the past.

It takes its definition from the future.


God is not only a divine person who we can address in prayer, but also a wide living space We human beings are giving each other space for living when we meet each other in love and friendship.


The church's final word is not 'church' but the glory of the Father and the Son in the Spirit of liberty


No where else in Christianity does the terrible or heroic name of Armageddon play such role as in America. Not even in the Revelation of John.


The turn from this end [despair] to a new beginning came from three things.

A blooming cherry tree, the unexpected kindness of Scottish workers and their families, and the Bible.


As long as hope does not embrace and transform the thought and action of men, it remains topsy-turvy and ineffective.


There are various names for this 'Spirit of Life' because there are various life experiences.


. . . if we have children. When they are just born we do everything for them. We are omnipotent, they are completely dependent on us, but then when they grow up you must take back your influence on them, to give them freedom.


Americans as no one else in the Old World are looking ahead and are future-minded without the limitations of traditions and can look ahead without the burdens of the past.


Believing in the resurrection does not just mean assenting to a dogma and noting a historical fact. It means participating in this creative act of God’s … Resurrection is not a consoling opium, soothing us with the promise of a better world in the hereafter. It is the energy for a rebirth of this life. The hope doesn’t point to another world. It is focused on the redemption of this one.


Imprisoned professors taught imprisoned students free theology.


Christian hope does not promise successful days to the rich and the strong, but resurrection and life to those who must exist in the shadows of death. Success is no name of God. Righteousness is.


Capitalism, racism and inhuman technocracy quietly develop in their own way.

The causes of misery are no longer to be found in the inner attitudes of men, but have long been institutionalized.


It is only when human beings see themselves simply as human beings, no longer as gods, that they are in a position to perceive the wholly other nature of God.


That is why faith, wherever 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 goad of the promised future stabs inexorably into the flesh of every unfulfilled present.


Despair can be like an iron band constricting the heart.


God weeps with us so that we may one day laugh with him.