American theologians tend to focus on the great hope Christians have through Christ’s resurrection, emphasizing Christ’s victory while minimizing or ignoring his suffering. Through their engagements with Japanese Christians and African American Christians on the topic of Christology, Richard Mouw and Douglas Sweeney have come to recognize and underscore that Christ offers hope not only through his resurrection, but also through his incarnation. The authors articulate a more compassionate and orthodox Christology that responds to the experience of the global church, offering a corrective to what passes for American Christology today. The book includes an afterword by Willie James Jennings of Duke Divinity School.
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Richard Mouw and Douglas Sweeney address the ’divine empathy‘ of the incarnate Christ who, in the mysteries of the Trinity, not only created his fellow humans but also suffers with them. The authors’ exploration of neglected themes from Lutheran and Calvinist theologians will satisfy the historically minded, and their engagement with non-European and African American believers will illuminate the universal character of the Gospel. Their depiction of Christ’s suffering as both absolutely unique to himself and necessary to join him completely to suffering humanity will challenge, humble, and inspire all who stop to consider the wondrous cross on which the Prince of Glory died.'
—Mark Noll, Francis A. McAnaney Professor of History, University of Notre Dame
Decades ago, black liberation theologian James Cone invited white theologians to listen closely to the spiritual insights of people of color. The Suffering and Victorious Christ does just that. With sensitivity and skill, Mouw and Sweeney show how much white American Christology can benefit from Asian and African American histories and theological reflections. As we still strive to create the ’beloved community‘ Martin Luther King Jr. preached of so powerfully, we need to spend time with more books like this one.
—Edward J. Blum, lecturer, San Diego State University
Following Barth and listening to African American and Japanese voices, Mouw and Sweeney help us see that the incarnation and sufferings of Christ, properly understood, are not a forfeiting of God’s glory but an expression of it. Mouw and Sweeney have helped deepen our Christological moorings with a Christology that reflects in deeper ways God’s redemptive work in the global church throughout space and time.
—Timothy C. Tennent, president and professor of world Christianity, Asbury Theological Seminary
Richard J. Mouw earned his PhD from the University of Chicago. He is president of Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California, and the author of numerous books.
Douglas A. Sweeney is a professor of church history and the history of Christian thought at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School.