New Release: The Suffering and Victorious Christ, by Richard Mouw and Douglas Sweeney

Cover ArtAmerican theologians tend to focus on the great hope Christians have through Christ’s resurrection, emphasizing Christ’s victory while minimizing or ignoring his suffering.

Through their engagements with Japanese Christians and African American Christians on the topic of Christology, Richard Mouw and Douglas Sweeney have come to recognize and underscore that Christ offers hope not only through his resurrection but also through his incarnation.

In The Suffering and Victorious Christ, the authors articulate a more compassionate and orthodox Christology that answers the experience of the global church, offering a corrective to what passes for American Christology today.


“Richard Mouw and Douglas Sweeney address the ‘divine empathy’ of the incarnate Christ who, in the mysteries of the Trinity, not only created his fellow humans but also suffers with them. The authors’ exploration of neglected themes from Lutheran and Calvinist theologians will satisfy the historically minded, and their engagement with non-European and African American believers will illuminate the universal character of the gospel. Their depiction of Christ’s suffering as both absolutely unique to himself and necessary to join him completely to suffering humanity will challenge, humble, and inspire.” – Mark Noll, University of Notre Dame

“Following Barth and listening to African American and Japanese voices, Mouw and Sweeney help us see that the incarnation and sufferings of Christ, properly understood, are not a forfeiting of God’s glory but an expression of it. Mouw and Sweeney have helped deepen our christological moorings with a Christology that reflects in deeper ways God’s redemptive work in the global church throughout space and time.” – Timothy C. Tennent, Asbury Theological Seminary

“Decades ago, black liberation theologian James Cone invited white theologians to listen closely to the spiritual insights of people of color. The Suffering and Victorious Christ does just that. With sensitivity and skill, Mouw and Sweeney show how much white American Christologies can benefit from Asian and African American histories and theological reflections. As we still strive to create the ‘beloved community’ Martin Luther King Jr. preached of so powerfully, we need to spend time with more books like this one.” – Edward J. Blum, San Diego State University

“This is a remarkable testimony of a theological journey in search of resources for a compassionate Christology through American Christianity. The journey starts rather unconventionally with conversations with Japanese theologians who emphasize the image of a suffering Christ in contrast to Western triumphalism. Readers are guided through the thick woods of Protestant orthodoxy, Reformed dogmatics, nineteenth-century German philosophy, Puritan New England, and the American South….At the end of the journey, readers will have a solid grasp of what it means to be faithful to the core of our common Christian tradition today while at the same time staying attentive to the voices of contemporary critiques.” – Anri Morimoto, International Christian University


Richard J. MouwRichard J. Mouw (PhD, University of Chicago) is professor of faith and public life at Fuller Theological Seminary. He served as the president of Fuller Seminary for twenty years and previously taught at Calvin College and the Free University in Amsterdam.

Douglas A. SweeneyDouglas A. Sweeney (PhD, Vanderbilt University) is professor of church history and the history of Christian thought and chair of the department at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, where he also directs the Jonathan Edwards Center and the Carl F. H. Henry Center for Theological Understanding.

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