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The Crucified God: The Cross of Christ as the Foundation & Criticism of Christian Theology

by Moltmann, Jürgen

Fortress Press 1993

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Overview

“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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Key Features

  • Examines the theology of the cross
  • Discusses the significance of the cross
  • Explores the crucifixion and resurrection of Christ

Contents

  • The Identity and Relevance of Faith
  • The Resistance of the Cross against its Interpretations
  • Questions about Jesus
  • The Historical Trial of Jesus
  • The Eschatological Trial of Jesus Christ
  • The ‘Crucified God’
  • Ways towards the Psychological Liberation of Man
  • Ways towards the Political Liberation of Man

Praise for the Print Edition

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

Product Details

  • Title: The Crucified God: The Cross of Christ as the Foundation & Criticism of Christian Theology
  • Author: Jürgen Moltmann
  • Publisher: Augsburg Fortress
  • Publication Date: 1993
  • Pages: 368

About Jürgen Moltmann

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.