Consists of 14 reprints from various religious journals each with a brief introduction and citation of original journal publication.
"This year we have allowed ourselves this brief soliloquy or duoloquy for a particular reason: 'New Theology No. 5' is even more devoted to the new, the 'novum', the not-yet, the pull of the future, than were the earlier volumes in the sequence. .... Yet talk about the future, about hope, about the new, we do. For those whose brains we have picked and those on whom we rely have begun to concentrate on these themes, and they strike us as representing much of the most creative work in theology today. Whether the 'theology of hope' will turn out to be a well-defined and serious movement, we cannot now determine -- let the unfolding future take care of that. But that the 'theology of hope' -- to which most of the selections in this volume are inn one way or another directed -- has served as a magnet to attract people of vastly differing approaches is already clear; if not a movement, then at least a tendency or trend is present". -- Intro., p. 8-9.
Contents: Christian Hope and Human Futures [Introduction] / M.E.M. and D.G.P. -- I: Secular Theology: Cautionary Word -- New Left Man Meets the Dead God / Steve Weissman -- Man and His World in the Perspective of Judaism: Reflections on Expo '67 / Emil L. Fackenheim -- Did Jesus Believe in God ?: Some Reflections on Christian Atheism / R.F. Aldwinckle -- II: The Theology of Hope: Enthusiastic Words -- Hope in a Posthuman Era / Sam Keen -- Toward a Theology of Hope / Carl E. Braaten -- Appearance as the Arrival of the Future / Wolfhart Pannenberg -- Creative Hope / Johannes B. Metz -- III: The Orientation Toward the Future: Tentative Words -- God and the Supernatural / Leslie Dewart -- The Dehellenization of Dogma / Bernard J.F. Lonergan -- The Future of Belief Debate / Justus George Lawler -- IV: Alternative Futures -- Ernest Bloch and "The Pull of the Future" / Harvey Cox -- The Absolute Future / Michael Novak -- Communists and Christians in Dialogue / Roger Garaudy -- Evolution, Myth, and Poetic Vision / Walter J. Ong.