In recent years, the question of God’s character, with a particular focus on challenges to the idea of divine violence, has appeared in several books reflecting a wide spectrum of theological perspectives. Servant God is a welcome addition to this as-yet-small but growing number of publications.
The book’s major premise is that if one takes the incarnation seriously, then when we see Jesus we see God. And when we observe that Jesus responded to all situations with love and mercy, it follows that God is a God of love and mercy. This conclusion stands in sharp contrast to the traditional view of a wrathful God who has commanded God’s people to carry out massacres, who controls natural disasters to enact judgment and punishment, and who will punish sinners eternally in a fiery hell.
J. Denny Weaver, Professor Emeritus of Religion, Bluffton University, Author of The Nonviolent Atonement