Hope in Dark Times: Theological Accounts of Hope as Critical Resources for Coping with Political Defeatism

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This article is a revised version of a keynote given at the 18th Nordic Conference on Systematic Theology: Hope in Dark Times, held in Stavanger on 10–13 January 2019. The aim of the article is to ponder how Jewish and Christian discourses on hope can contribute in a critical way to contemporary political and philosophical discussions of hope. Taking its cue from the biblical idea of messianic redemption, the first part of the article describes how this idea throughout history has been interpreted in both restorative and apocalyptic ways. In the second part, these various tendencies are related to the contemporary political situation and to current politico-philosophical debates on hope. Finally, the article addresses the intricate question of what to hope for in a time of rising populism and reemerging xenophobic and antisemitic tendencies.


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  • Religious Studies


  • hope, biblical legacy, political theology, apocalypticism, messianism
Original languageSwedish
Pages (from-to)193-206
JournalSvensk Teologisk Kvartalskrift
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2019
Publication categoryResearch

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