“The criticism of the church and theology which we have been fortunate enough to experience, and which is justified on sociological, psychological, and ideological grounds, can only be accepted and made radical by a critical theology of the cross,” Moltmann writes in the preface to The Crucified God. Thoroughly examining the theology of the cross, he explores the crucifixion and resurrection of Christ, and seeks to revolutionize the concept of God, and thereby making his theology of hope more concrete.
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This is Jürgen Moltmann’s best and therefore most important book. He has substantially changed the central thrust of his theology without sacrificing its most vital element, its passionate concern for alleviation of the world’s suffering.
—Langdon Gilkey, emeritus professor of theology, the Divinity School, University of Chicago
The Crucified God rewards, as it demands, the reader’s patient and open-minded attention, for its theme is nothing other than the “explosive presence” of the sighting and liberating Spirit of God in the midst of human life.
—The Review of Books and Religion
A timely reminder to disillusioned visionaries—who too quickly abandon the struggles for personal and political liberation—that the risen Christ reigns from the cross. Moltmann follows the path of crucifixion into the Godhead itself, reaching a profundity of interpretation that is rare in Trinitarian thought.
—The Christian Century
Jürgen Moltmann studied Christian theology in England and, after his return to Germany, in Göttingen. He served as a pastor from 1952 to 1958 in Bremen. From 1967 to 1994 he was a professor of systematic theology at the University of Tübingen. Among his many influential and award-winning books are The Theology of Hope, The Crucified God, The Trinity and the Kingdom, The Spirit of Life, and The Coming of God, winner of the Grawemeyer Award in 2000, all published by Fortress Press.
“Hope without remembrance leads to illusion, just as, conversely, remembrance without hope can result in resignation.” (Page ix)
“The Christian life of theologians, churches and human beings is faced more than ever today with a double crisis: the crisis of relevance and the crisis of identity. These two crises are complementary. The more theology and the church attempt to become relevant to the problems of the present day, the more deeply they are drawn into the crisis of their own Christian identity. The more they attempt to assert their identity in traditional dogmas, rights and moral notions, the more irrelevant and unbelievable they become. This double crisis can be more accurately described as the identity-involvement dilemma.” (Page 7)
“Jesus died crying out to God, ‘My God, why hast thou forsaken me?’ All Christian theology and all Christian life is basically an answer to the question which Jesus asked as he died.” (Page 4)
“Fundamentalism fossilizes the Bible into an unquestionable authority. Dogmatism freezes living Christian tradition solid. The habitual conservatism of religion makes the liturgy inflexible, and Christian morality—often against its better knowledge and conscience—becomes a deadening legalism.” (Page 8)
“The crisis of the church in present-day society is not merely the critical choice between assimilation or retreat into the ghetto, but the crisis of its own existence as the church of the crucified Christ.” (Page 2)