“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.