Suffering and the Theology of the Cross

Ronald K. Rittgers

in The Reformation of Suffering

Published in print July 2012 | ISBN: 9780199795086
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199950171 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Studies in Historical Theology

Suffering and the Theology of the Cross

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This chapter examines the development of Luther’s theology of the cross and discusses the place of human and divine suffering within it, demonstrating how Luther parted significantly from traditional Christian thinking about the suffering of Christ and especially the role of the divine nature in the Passion. The chapter shows how the theology of the cross influenced Luther’s pastoral works in the late 1510s and 1520s, especially his critique of popular piety.

Keywords: Martin Luther; theology of the cross; suffering; popular piety; pastoral works

Chapter.  6066 words. 

Subjects: Christianity

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