John Webster

in The Oxford Handbook of Theological Ethics

Published in print August 2007 | ISBN: 9780199227228
Published online September 2009 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Religion and Theology


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An enquiry into Christian hope as a moral phenomenon asks a number of related questions. Are the world and its history such that hope is not a fantasy but a truthful estimation of our situation? What kind of person is the Christian who hopes, and in whose company does she live and act? Existing within that world and history, with a particular given identity and a particular set of companions, to what kind of hopeful action is the Christian summoned, equipped with what resources and for what ends? Taken together, answers to these questions would form an account of the conditions and modes of Christian hope. This article examines the following: the triune God as the object and ground of Christian hope; a Christian understanding of the nature of creaturely history as the theatre of the works and promises of God which engender hope; the nature of the human subject and agent of hope within the divine economy; the particular character of hopeful human action in relation to the coming perfection of all things in Christ.

Keywords: Christian hope; God; history; human subject; divine economy

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Subjects: Religion ; Religious Studies ; Philosophy of Religion

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