Contents

Preface to the English Edition ix

Preface to the German Edition xi

Introduction and Hermeneutical Approach i i. No Concept of Time without Narrated Time:

Narrated Time in Hymns ii

Motivation—Why Hymns? / ii Material / i3 Methods / ij Quantitative Analysis / i7 Qualitative Analysis / 28 Summary and Preview / 55

2. Biblical and Theological Conceptions of Time 6i

On the Theological Understanding of the Problem of Time / 62

Time in the Bible / 64

Time in Theological Conceptualization / 8i

Provisional Results—Eternity as the Other of Time / ii6

3. Time in the Formulation of Scientific Theory 121

On the Dialogue between Science and Theology / 121 The Concept of Absolute Time / 125 The Concept of Relative Time / 140 Time and the Quantum World / 149 Cosmological Perspectives / 159 Thermodynamics and Chaos Research / 166 Summarizing Reflections / 172

4. Aspects of a Theology of Time 183

More Precise Definitions / 183 Trinitarian Models of Time / 190

Eschatology as the Key to a Relational Understanding of Time / 198 The Possibility and Urgency of a Theology of Time / 222

Notes

Bibliography Index

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