Jürgen Moltmann (born 8 April ) is a German Reformed theologian who is Professor Moltmann has become known for developing a form of social trinitarianism. His two most famous works are Theology of Hope and The Crucified God. 21 quotes from The Crucified God: The Cross of Christ as the Foundation and Criticism of Christian Theology: ‘When God becomes man in Jesus of Nazareth,.. . Below is a list of all posts (so far) in my blog series on The Crucified God by Jürgen Moltmann. I will update this page as new posts are added. Several of the .

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Return to Book Page. The Crucified God Quotes Showing of In Jesus he does not die the natural death of a finite being, but the violent death of the criminal on the cross, the death of complete abandonment by God.

The suffering in the passion of Jesus is abandonment, rejection by God, his Father. Jurgej does not become a religion, so that man participates in him by corresponding religious thoughts and feelings. God does not become a law, so that man participates in him through obedience to a law.

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God does not become an ideal, so that man achieves community with him through constant striving. He humbles himself and takes upon himself the eternal death of the godless and the godforsaken, so that all the godless and the godforsaken can experience communion with him. Only where righteousness becomes creative and creates right both for the lawless and for those outside the law, only where creative love changes when is hateful and deserving of hate, only where the new man is born who is oppressed nor oppresses others, can one speak of the true revolution of righteousness and of the righteousness of God.


We become true men in the community of the incarnate, the suffering and loving, the human God. He usurps more and more of nature and takes it under his control. The vital question for him, therefore, is how this world which he has usurped can be human- ized. Thus according to Paul’s understanding, in the ‘word of the cross’ the crucified Christ himself speaks. This historical openness and variability of the titles for Jesus, to which the history of Christian tradition bears witness, has, however, a point of reference and a criterion.

This is provided by his personal name, Jesus, and the history which concluded with his crucifixion and resurrection. A faith which worships Christ as God without his future, a church which understands itself as the kingdom and a consciousness of atonement which no longer suffers from the continued unredeemed condition of the world, a Christian state which regards itself as God here present upon earth, cannot tolerate any Jewish hope beside itself.

But is this still authentic Christian faith? Nor does it mean admiration of a hero and a mystical contemporaneity with him.


The Crucified God

For love leaves us open to wounding and disappointment. Suffering can be celebrated and admired.

It can arouse compassion. But to be rejected takes away the dignity from suffering and makes it dishonourable suffering. To suffer and be rejected signify the cross.

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To die on the cross means to suffer and to die as one who is an outcast and rejected. His grace is revealed in sinners. His righteousness is revealed in the unrighteous and in those without rights, and his gracious election in the damned. The Christian church can re-introduce the divisions between the religious and the profane and between those who are within and those who are without, only at the price of losing its own identity as the church of the crucified Christ.

For the suffering in suffering is the lack of love, and the wounds in wounds are the abandonment, and the powerlessness in pain is unbelief. And therefore the suffering of abandonment is overcome by the suffering of love, which is not afraid of what is sick and ugly, but accepts it and takes it to itself in order to heal it.

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