By Jurgen Moltmann
''This is Jürgen Moltmann's most sensible and hence most vital booklet. He has considerably replaced the vital thrust of his theology with no sacrificing its most crucial point, its passionate crisis for relief of the world's suffering.'' -Langdon Gilkey ''The Crucified God rewards, because it calls for, the reader's sufferer and open-minded recognition, for its subject is not anything except the ''explosive presence'' of the sighting and freeing Spirit of God in the middle of human life.'' -The evaluate of Books and faith
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Extra resources for The Crucified God: The Cross of Christ as the Foundation and Criticism of Christian Theology
In the ancient church of the time of persecution, martyrdom was regarded as a special charisma. Those who were put to death were considered to have undergone the 'baptism of blood' and to have fellowship with Jesus in death. Their testimony was consummated in the giving of their lives, and the giving of their lives was understood as sharing in the victory of the crucified Christ. Thus a martyr did not suffer only for Christ, his lord, as a soldier goes to his death for his king. His martyrdom was understood as a suffering with Christ, and therefore also as the suffering of Christ in him and with him.
So death is at work in us, but life in you' (II Cor. 10, 12). This apostolic suffering and death cannot be attributed in an equivocal fashion to the suffering and death of men in general, as Christian tradition has unfortunately often done, even in Luther. The poverty and sufferings of Christ are experienced and understood only by participation in his mission and in imitating the task he carried out. Thus the more the poor understand the cross, in the mysticism of the cross, as the cross of Christ, the more they are liberated from their submission to fate and apathy in suffering.
The black slaves suffered with him and died with him. ' begins one of their songs. ' By his suffering and death, Jesus identified himself with those who were enslaved, and took their pain upon himself. And if he was not alone in his suffering, nor were they abandoned in the pains of their slavery. Jesus was with them. And there too lay their hope of freedom, by virtue of his resurrection into the freedom of God. Jesus was their identity with God in a world which had taken all hope from them and destroyed their human identity until it was unrecognizable.
The Crucified God: The Cross of Christ as the Foundation and Criticism of Christian Theology by Jurgen Moltmann