Overview (Masterplots II: Christian Literature)
In The Crucified God, Jürgen Moltmann states that though often misunderstood, the crucifixion of Jesus is central to the identity and the relevance of Christian faith. Because of the cross and Christ, people’s entire perception of God as well as humanity must be reinterpreted. Moltmann argues that this change in perception would rejuvenate Christology. Rather than sterile arguments about whether Jesus was “truly God” or “truly man,” which set the wrong framework, Christians should enter into dialogues with Jews about the meaning of “Messiah.” Who Jesus is must be defined by the Messianic future; Christology remains forever unfinished until the new Creation arrives, according to Moltmann.
Jesus’ trial and execution put his message into question. Coming as it did at the endof years of conflict with the law and the authorities, Jesus’ final cry of dereliction echoed a conflict even of God against God. Although close to God, Jesus was abandoned and then resurrected. In that terrible hour, the very deity of God was at stake, and believers were forced toward a new and more nuanced concept of the divine. Surprisingly, however, through the cross and the Crucifixion, God was disclosed in his very opposite. Moltmann concludes that not continuity and analogy, but contradiction and struggle, are sources both for people’s faith and moral life.
Moltmann states that the Resurrection indicates that we are in the midst of...
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