Book Review: The Cross of Christ

Author: John Stott

Cross of Christ, The (HC, 20th edition)The Universal symbol of the Christian faith is neither a crib nor a manger, but a gruesome cross.  Yet many people are unclear about its meaning, and cannot understand why Christ had to die.  John Stott explains the significance of Christ’s cross and answers the objections commonly brought against biblical teaching on the atonement.  At the cross he finds the majesty and love of God disclosed, the sin and bondage of the world exposed.

“I could never myself believe in God, if it were not for the cross. . . . In the real world of pain, how could one worship a God who was immune to it?”  With compelling honesty John Stott confronts this generation with the centrality of the cross in God’s redemption of the world — a world now haunted by the memories of Auschwitz, the pain of oppression and the specter of nuclear war.  Can we see triumph in tragedy, victory in shame? Why should an object of Roman distaste and Jewish disgust be the emblem of our worship and the axiom of our faith? And what does it mean for us today?

More than a study of the atonement, this book brings Scripture into living dialogue with Christian theology and the twentieth century. What emerges is a pattern for Christian life and worship, hope and mission.

It is work of a lifetime, from one of the world’s most influential thinkers, about the heart of the Christian faith.

CBD PRICE: R285.00 (Hard Cover 460 pages)

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