Subscribe to our mailing list. However, when Moltmann learned about the Nazi concentration camps, especially Auschwitz, he then surrendered to the first British soldier he encountered. Martin Luther is at the center of the Crucified God, for Luther took up the phrase "The Crucified God" first used by early church fathers and popularized it. It is a controversial and shocking title, and Moltmann explains that the way we know Jesus is through the Cross, but also the way that Jesus knows the Father is through the cross as well.
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Moltmann was born in Hamburg, Germany, on 8 April He states that he grew up in a secular home, without significant Christian influence. As a boy he wanted to study science and mathematics. However in , his education was interrupted when he was drafted by the German army. Moltmann was sent to the front lines in the Belgian forest. He surrendered in to the first British soldier he met. For the next few years — , he was confined as a prisoner of war and moved from camp to camp.
First held in Belgium, he was later moved to Scotland and then to northern England. His experience as a POW had a powerful impact on his life, as it was in the camps that he had time to reflect upon the devastating nature of the Second World War. It was also in the camps that Moltmann met Christian chaplains, was given the New Testament and Psalms to read, and had his first introduction to Christian theology.
The friend standing next to me at the firing predictor was torn to pieces by the bomb that left me unscathed. When the war was over, Moltmann returned to his home in Hamburg. As a result of his reading the Bible and theological texts in the POW camps and attending the Student Christian Movement conference in the summer of with a group of POWs, Moltmann decided to pursue theological training.
In Moltmann became a theology teacher at an academy in Wuppertal that was operated by the Confessing Church and in he joined the theological faculty of Bonn University. From to , Moltmann was the Robert W.
He delivered the Gifford Lectures at the University of Edinburgh in — Moltmann married the feminist theologian Elisabeth Wendel in ; they have four daughters. Books coauthored with his Dr. Search form.
What cannot stand there must disappear. Theological reflection cannot start with abstract, philosophical ideas about God or systematic theories about sin, justice, predestination and so on, but must start with the cross. We know first of all God, not as the omnipotent creator and judge, but as the crucified Christ. When we let the crucifixion of Christ determine our theological concepts, this has radical and all-embracing consequences for how we view the relationship between God and human beings in general. Moltmann further argues, that putting the crucified Christ in center of Christian faith and theology, is the only way for the church to show the world the freedom from the forces of history and society that Christ offers. Yet only the crucified Christ can bring the freedom which changes the world because it is no longer afraid of death.
Mercy Upon All
Moltmann was born in Hamburg, Germany, on 8 April He states that he grew up in a secular home, without significant Christian influence. As a boy he wanted to study science and mathematics. However in , his education was interrupted when he was drafted by the German army. Moltmann was sent to the front lines in the Belgian forest.
The Crucified God Quotes
One may add that the cross alone, and nothing else, is its test, since the cross refutes everything, and excludes the syncretistic elements in Christianity. This is a hard saying. To many it sounds unattractive and unmodern, and to others rigid and orthodox. I will try to disappoint both. We may want to make Christian theology reveal that it is Christian, but this cannot be done in abstract and timeless terms, or from the mere desire for self-assertion.