A conflict of hope is causing tensions in Church and society. Hope Against Hope describes two common forms of hope. Apocalyptic hope stresses conflict and looks forward to Doomsday. Cosmic hope stresses reconciliation and looks forward to universal harmony. Reflecting on this conflict, Hope Against Hope draws on the Bible and on everyday wisdom to highlight the strengths and deficiencies of both common forms of hope. Then it leads toward a good hope that balances the good in both and goes beyond them to their root. This way focuses on the great surprise of the New Testaement, the resurrection. Then it finds the power of the resurrection at work, surprisingly, in the simplest human relationships. From that simple insight comes a promising direction for the future and a clear moral compass.
Leonard Bowman teaches religion at Wesley College, Delaware, and has served at the College of Notre Dame of Maryland and Marycrest International University, Iowa. His Ph.D. in religion and literature is from Fordham University. His writings include The Importance of Being Sick (1976) and A Retreat With St. Bonaventure (1993).