Jürgen Moltmann may be the most renowned theologian living today. The voluminous writings he has published and the countless papers he has presented at theological conferences over the past 40 years have made him a familiar figure to American audiences. But being famous and familiar does not necessarily mean being fully understood. His autobiography offers us the chance to understand him better than ever before.
As a young seminary student, I was assigned to read one of Moltmann’s books for a class in systematic theology. Its impact on me was profound, and as soon as I finished that text, I immediately searched out and read another he had written. To that point I had intended to pursue a doctorate in New Testament, but this encounter caused me to turn instead to systematic theology.