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Christianity has at its center a pivotal moment in history upon with all of its theology and practice hinges. To undertake a Christology is to consider what it is in God’s nature and character that would necessitate and facilitate the cross. While classical theology has often disdained any idea of a God who has feelings and emotions, Jürgen Moltmann rejects this by showing that God suffers empathically and experiences humiliation alongside humanity in the person of Jesus. This paper will set out to investigate Moltmann’s concept of a God who suffers, particularly in contrast to the classical notion of the impassibility of God. It will then explore how his claim might influence theology and worship. Finally, it will briefly consider how Moltmann’s theology of the cross may find application in a Wesleyan ecology of faith.
“The death of Jesus on the cross is the centre of all Christian theology.”1 If Karl Barth is Christocentric in his approach in Church Dogmatics, then Moltmann is thoroughly cross-centered in his Crucified God. He makes it clear that all aspects of theology—creatio…