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Overview ''A timely reminder to disillusioned visionaries. Moltmann follows the path of crucifixion into the Godhead itself,''---Christian Century.
Publishers Description "This is Jurgen 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 "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
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More About Jurgen Moltmann, John John Bowden & R. A. Wilson
Jürgen Moltmann (born 8 April 1926) is a German Reformed theologian who is Professor Emeritus of Systematic Theology at the University of Tübingen. Moltmann is a major figure in modern theology and was the recipient of the 2000 University of Louisville and Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary Grawemeyer Award in Religion, and was also selected to deliver the prestigious Gifford Lectures in 1984-1985. He has made significant contributions to a number of areas of Christian theology, including systematic theology, eschatology, ecclesiology, political theology, Christology, pneumatology, and the theology of creation.
Influenced heavily by Karl Barth's theology, Hegel's philosophy of history, and Ernst Bloch's philosophy of hope, Moltmann developed his own form of liberation theology predicated on the view that God suffers with humanity, while also promising humanity a better future through the hope of the Resurrection, which he has labelled a 'theology of hope'. Much of Moltmann's work has been to develop the implications of these ideas for various areas of theology. While much of Moltmann's early work was critiqued by some as being non-Trinitarian, during the latter stages of his career Moltmann has become known for developing a form of Social Trinitarianism. His two most famous works are Theology of Hope and The Crucified God.
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Explores the Shared Passion of the Father, Son and Spirit Mar 24, 2008
Moltmann provides an exemplary discussion and analysis of the event of the crucifixion. This book serves as an important building block in a theological education and in a strong Christian foundation. The writing is eloquent, readable, resourceful and pointedly provocative at times.
The main theme is that Jesus Christ Crucified is the central self-revelation of the Trinity to man. It is the starting point for any person's relationship with God. It reveals the suffering love of God--the Trinity. It is not only the suffering, forsakenness and abandonment of God but is also the glory of God revealed.
The message of the book is not a popular one in Christian culture or in any culture for that matter. It negates any theology of glory or any hope in humanism and rather shows the suffering and death of God as humanity's only hope for salvation and life.
Moltmann trolls a vast array of sources to convey perspectives of the topics of the book. Some he disagrees with and others support his themes. The arguments he makes are cogent and lucid and often reference Scriptures and scholars.
Moltman writes in the introduction, "Today the church and theology must turn to the crucified Christ in order to show the world the freedom he offers." This is as true today as when written. Only through the cross, as Moltmann explains, can the Christian church demonstrate or worship the Lord in Spirit and Truth. In this book, Moltmann shines a light on the path of orthodox Christian faith. The principles of the book are not abstract but solid measures that inform a life lived after the image of Christ. The Crucified God is a great help to loving the Lord and one's neighbor.
There are two concluding chapters on psychological liberation and political liberation that I did not find helpful; however, they seem to appear more as addendums than continuations of the main themes of the book. The book would be complete without them.
I also think Moltmann could have elaborated and clarified more on the Holy Spirit's presence in the suffering of Christ. He addresses the role of the Spirit but not in as much depth as I would have appreciated.
Life-changing Sep 18, 2006
This book is more than just good academic theology, it's also life changing. Moltmann's account of a God who suffers with His creation, even to the point of experiencing death itself, was the single most important thing that restored the excitement to my Christian faith and solidified my decision to dedicate myself to the study of theology. It's dense reading at times, but it's also poetic and magical; truly one of the deepest devotional works I've ever read.
Summary Jun 22, 2002
Theology begins with and is evaluated on the basis of the cross. All thought about God, philosophy, psychology, politics must begin with the cross or be misdirected. It is in the event of the gruesome cross, unpampered and unhidden by flowers that we see the god-forsaken God suffering and dying. In this event the Triune God is defined: not as all powerful pharaoh or caesar apathetic and unable to feel pain (and thus love) but one who emptied Himself and took on our abandonment - a God who is love. In so doing the cross secondly tells us about our solution. The cure for humanity is not in becoming divine but seeing ourselves as who we are: abandoned, godforsaken, thus one with Him who cried out "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?" As a result to rise with Him to new life and reach the fullness of our humanity. A fullness expressed in liberation from the legalism of the law which penetrates all the dimensions of our life including the pyschological and political. Specifically to bring God's future now beginning in Jesus (the Kingdom expressed as freedom) into our present reality by granting liberty to the oppressed.
Entering into the Passion of This World Oct 17, 2000
Moltmann wrote the Crucified God (1974, English translation) in reaction to certain (specifically N. American) misunderstandings of his earlier work, Theology of Hope (1965). Moltmann's chief concern in The Crucified God was to rescue the hope of the resurrection from any confusion with the officially optimistic culture of modern capitalist society. He does this by reminding his audience that it is only the one who is "unsuccessful" and who suffers with the victims of so-called "success" and "power" that is raised by God at the end. Moltmann's treatment of the cross, therefore, is a plea for Christians to enter into the suffering that God has already entered into, and not remain passive or complacent as outside, "objective" (i.e., apathetic) observers of the human condition. If God does not remain above the plane of history dispassionately observing the suffering of the Son on the cross, but is radically "in Christ," involved in and affected by that suffering (God loses an only child!), then we too (as followers of God) must enter into the suffering of our victims (Holocaust, Third World poverty, etc.). In this respect, the cross becomes the critique ALL utopian dreams (socialist, capitalist, facist alike). Resurrection hope is hope for the hopeless, for the crucified ones of this world.
Moltmann has not only boldly reformulated Luther's "Theology of the Cross," but has, in the process, also made an enduring contribution to Political and Liberation Theology.
A Shared Remembrance Sep 9, 2000
THE CRUCIFIED GOD brings the question of "Who is God in the cross of Christ who is abandonned by God?" to the center of Christian theology in the 21st century. It is a complex exposition of historical interpretations of the Crucifixion and posits an active God who came into the world in man's historical time through the incarnation and continues to dwell with man and his sufferings in our present historical time. For Moltmann man's time is God's time and vice versa. Moltmann sees hope for the concern of mankind turning toward suffering man through a modern understanding of the Crucifixion and Resurrection taken as a reality of our contemporary lives. The communal shared remembrance of the Crucifixion gives way to communal shared hope of the Resurrection in the acknowledgement of personal responsability in the sufferings of mankind. Moltmann is sensitive to the need to recapture the Judaic background of Christianity in modern Christian theology and offers an interesting perspective on this subject.