Until the twentieth century, the Western world formulated most Christian theology. Fully grounded in this tradition, Kazoh Kitamori demonstrates its limitations. Theology of the Pain of God [Kazoh Kitamori] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Kazoh Kitamori is the author of Theology of the Pain of God ( avg rating, 42 ratings, 7 reviews, published ).

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Would you like to tell us about a lower price? If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? Until the twentieth century, the Western world formulated most Christian theology. Fully grounded in this tradition, Kazoh Kitamori demonstrates its limitations and problems from a Japanese point of view and suggests a fresh approach to the biblical message.

Katamori has developed the first original theology from the East. The gospel is the gospel of the cross, he says. God loves the objects of his wrath.

What is revealed in the cross is neither the wrath of God alone nor the love of God alone, but the synthesis of the two. The author’s purpose is to kkitamori this synthesis, identified as the pain of God. By the theology of the pain of God” he means the theology of love rooted in the pain of God” He brings a new interpretation to this central theme of the Christian faith.

Theology of the Pain of God : The First Original Theology from Japan

Today, Christian thinkers are calling for an ecumenical theology. By helping to renew the faith kazob as he seeks to reformulate it in non-Western terms, Dr. Kitamori takes an important step toward expanding the dialogue between Christians of the East and West. Read more Read less. Add all three to Cart Add all jazoh to List. Some of these items ship sooner than the others. Buy the selected items together This item: Theology of kitammori Pain of God: Ships from and sold by Amazon.

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Kitamore expounds on the inner divine attitude towards sinners with Jeremiah The Cross is where the pain of God is revealed to the eyes of sinful mankind. What is this “pain of God”? Kitamore contends it “reflects his will to love the objects of his wrath God himself was broken, wounded and suffered because he embraced those who should not be embraced” p. God’s love is rooted in this pain. This is a profound and fascinating read. The depth, which it brings to the subject, will bring to clearer light – to the one who would meditatively read it – the truly Biblical teaching regarding God’s attitude towards sinful mankind and how that love is supremely revealed at the Cross of Jesus Christ.

This is not an everyday, normal, surface reading of how God feels. Kitamore is able to reconcile how the Cross is both a revelation of God’s wrath and God’s love for men in a way I have never heard explained and does so in a clear, yet penetrating manner. Years before reading this book, I myself have come to believe that God’s love for man as created and his hatred for men as sinful was revealed at the Cross but was unable to reconcile these diametrically opposed and exclusive feelings and articulate how these diametrically opposed feeling, which seemed to exclude each other, were met at the Cross until now.

This book helped to resolve for me the perplexing issue of God’s inner attitude – his feelings of love and hate for mankind – and how it converges at the Cross. This is a relatively short book, but it is exceptionally deep and amazingly thorough in scope and perceptive in its arguments. It is particularly exemplary for its responsible engagement with the tradition of Christian thought and Kitamori’s ability to explore issues at the boundaries of precedent or orthodoxy without being too eager to conveniently step outside of those boundaries.

His writing, in translation, is concise and accessible. Fortunately, it is not necessary to be as well-read as Kitamori to benefit from this work. Kitamori does not always name or explicate his interlocutors, though, so a background in the history of Christian theology and some philosophy makes for an even more rewarding read, especially since attention to Kitamori’s reading of this or that historical figure can be a highly interesting dimension as well.

Drawing on the Scriptures, the thought of Martin Luther, and echoing many voices and streams from Christian tradition, Kitamori discusses the significance of Christ and his Passion as revelatory of a fundamental, paradoxical, deeply painful wound within the Godhead itself, and of the nature of the relationship between God’s wrath and God’s love.

The divine anguish at the nexus of these mysteries has implications for how one might understand aspects of the Christian life, including ethics, mysticism, and eschatology. That many central aspects of his innovative ideas are not wholly new is a testament to the author’s subtlety, creativity, and responsibility to tradition. Kitamori also has an almost uncanny ability to anticipate some of the questions that might arise and the answers his theology might give.


Many readers today might not be entirely comfortable with aspects of his way of analyzing the characteristics of cultures; nevertheless, Kitamori’s ideas and experience as a Japanese Lutheran Christian are thought-provoking and inspiring. Yet the merit of this work deserves attention even apart from the unique circumstances of its origin.

After re-visiting this book in depth several years later, after the novelty’s worn off, what I wrote above still stands, but I also have a greater appreciation for the potentially problematic features of Kitamori’s theology of the pain of God.

For example, if penal substitution is not your preferred atonement theology, some of what Kitamori believes about what salvation is about may or may not fit with your view.

And if it is, it still may not fit! It’s very thought provoking to try to figure out just how necessary or central suffering is, and how, in Kitamori’s model. Also, the systematic treatment of all aspects of theology kotamori on this one kazoj is responsible but could also leave the reader wondering whether the author might be taking it a bit too far. In short, upon re-reading the book, it actually seems more theologically adventurous than it did at first, and that is not necessarily a bad thing at all.

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