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Jüngel: The Poverty of Jesus and the Being of God

“If one understands the divinity of God out of its unity with the poverty of the existence of the Crucified One, then God’s being can no longer be thought as infinite in contrast with every finitude, and certainly not as independence in contrast with every dependence, and obviously not as an eternity which excludes time, not as a highest essence which does not know nothingness.  The God who is in heaven because he cannot be on earth is replaced by the Father who is in heave in such a way that his heavenly kingdom can come into the world, that is, a God who is in heaven in such a way that he can identify himself with the poverty of the man Jesus, with the existence of a man brought from life to death on the cross.”

–Eberhard Jüngel, God as the Mystery of the World: On the Foundation of the Theology of the Crucified One in the Dispute between Theism and Atheism (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1983), 209.

One Comment

  1. Matt Wiebe wrote:

    Brilliant quote. Time to add Jüngel to the Babelian heights of my “to read” list…

    Sunday, January 27, 2008 at 1:48 pm | Permalink

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