Vol 22 No 3 2015

Hope

Ed. Richard Lennan and Nancy Pineda-Madrid

Summary

In the early 1990s, the fall of the Berlin Wall and the end of the Cold War gave some cause for optimism about the state of the world. Yet, just a few decades after, we are confronted with the existential threat of climate change, as well as the extraordinarily complex and threatening set of conflicts in the Middle East, with all their implications in terms of terrorism, ethnic cleansing and multitudes of refugees. The short-lived span of this optimism reminds us of the fundamental and permanent importance of hope for the Christian life, and for humanity as a whole - hope as a theological virtue and gift of God. Hope: Promise, Possibility and Fulfillment, edited by Richard Lennan and Nancy Pineda-Madrid, is a book that reflects on the character and promise of hope in ways that will give invaluable assistance to the theological community and the church.