¨I know of no theologian from the second half of the twentieth century who has had as powerful a global resonance as Moltmann has.¨(From the new forward to The Crucified God by Miroslav Volf).
The next few weeks are exciting for those with special interest in Moltmann. The new edition of The Crucified God (which Moltmann himself calls his best book!) comes out today; Moltmann’s newest book (and quite possibly his last), The Living God and the Fullness of Life will be available in English on November 13 (though I understand that some have already received their preorders early); and Moltmann himself will be participating in several sessions at AAR in Atlanta (beginning with his live interview with Homebrewed Christianity on November 20).
The Crucified God wasn’t the first book by Moltmann that I picked up; but it was certainly the one that made a Moltmanniac out of me, putting me on a trajectory of rethinking everything in light of the cross of Christ. I blogged extensively about this book last year – for a list of posts visit here. I haven’t gotten my hands on a copy of the new edition yet (I hope to share more when I do!), but a few things are worth noting: 1) It’s 170 pages longer than the previous paperback edition (534 pages vs 364), and the page numbers in the table of contents do not match up to previous editions (I suspect this means that the formatting is easier on the eyes and little else). 2) It includes a new forward from one of Moltmann’s best students, Miroslav Volf (it can be read online here). 3) There is finally a Kindle edition!
Here is the publisher’s description of the new edition:
From its English publication in 1973, Jürgen Moltmann’s The Crucified God garnered much attention, and it has become one of the seminal texts of twentieth-century theology. Following up on his groundbreaking Theology of Hope, The Crucified God established the cross as the foundation for Christian hope. Moltmann’s dramatic innovation was to see the cross not as a problem of theodicy but instead as an act of ultimate solidarity between God and humanity. In this, he drew on liberation theology, and he was among the first to bring third-world theologies into a first-world context.
Moltmann proposes that suffering is not a problem to be solved but instead that suffering is an aspect of God’s very being: God is love, and love invariably involves suffering. In this view, the crucifixion of Jesus is an event that affects the entirety of the Trinity, showing that The Crucified God is more than an arresting title—it is a theological breakthrough.