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The Crucified God: The Cross of Christ as the Foundation and Criticism of Christian Theology Paperback – September 1, 1993
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a book that would be of great assistance in university and college teaching, as well as providing a useful reference work for students, clergy and teachers --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Text: English (translation)
Original Language: German
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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.
Many theologians and radio pastors today are like Job's friends, offering us sound proof answers and strict doctrines all the while ignoring man's plight and state of suffering. Jesus calls us to serve man, not weigh him down with guilt, shame, and heavy burdens(Matt 23:4). If God tries to reach us through His power and glory, the end result will produce little gods who want all things "in Jesus' name". Yet it is through the Cross and it's suffering in which God reaches out to man.
This ought to produce a humble servant church, not the mega church brand we see today in America. The church we see and one that I am apart of, preaches to the choir and fails to get the message out to the hurting in a real way. The thought that God was on the cross in christ to liberate and reconcile man should snap us out of our homophobic, judgmental ways. Moltmann's theology forces us to stand under the cross, not above it and using it as a weapon to beat over the heads of unbelieving people. It is not our job to judge the muslim and debate with the atheist. We are liberated to suffer with and for man even if it means being persecuted.
Moltmann quotes Dietrich Bonhoeffer from one of his letters from a Nazi concentration camp "God lets himself be pushed out of the world onto the cross. He is weak and powerless in the world, and that is precisely the way, the only way, in which he is with us and helps us. Christ helps us, not by the virtue of his omnipotence, but by virtue of his weakness and suffering. .....Only the suffering God can help.... That is a reversal of what the religious man expects from God. Man is summoned to share in God's sufferings at the hands of a godless world." Pg 47. Moltmanns theology argues for a true socialist state, not one enforced by government or a dictator, but the one formed by liberated man which finds meaning in God. This is the natural procession produced by the God willing to suffer on the Cross for and with man.
This is one of those rare books in theology that is both captivating and insightful. This should be on every educated Christian's bookshelf.
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