Sufferings of Christ
by George Griffin
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This book became controversial for its depiction of God’s suffering. In graphic, human
terms, Griffin describes the Holy Trinity’s inner and outer pain leading up to Christ’s
crucifixion and death. With this literary portrayal of a humanized Christ, Griffin hoped to
stand in contrast to his theological contemporaries. Many of them, as he saw it, depicted
and wrote and thought about God so abstractly that they lost sight of the stark reality of
the Incarnation. Even those who agreed with Griffin on this point, however, balked at the
liberty he took in interpreting divine suffering. While many granted that theologians had
gone too far in depersonalizing Christ, they brought charges of anthropomorphism down
upon his depiction of God the Father’s experience of pain.