The Cross of Christ

The Cross of Christ Review

The work of a lifetime, from one of the world's most influential thinkers, about the heart of the Christian faith. "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? Now from one of the foremost preachers and Christian leaders of our day comes theology at its readable best, a contemporary restatement of the meaning of the cross. At the cross Stott finds the majesty and love of God disclosed, the sin and bondage of the world exposed. 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. Destined to be a classic study of the center of our faith, Stott's work is the product of a uniquely gifted pastor, scholar and Christian statesman. His penetrating insight, charitable scholarship and pastoral warmth are guaranteed to feed both heart and mind.

Title:The Cross of Christ
Edition Language:English

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  • Keren Threlfall

    Since John R. W. Stott’s death in July 2011, interest in The Cross of Christ has been revived, particularly through the 20th anniversary edition (2006). Although it’s only been around 25 years sin...

  • Jeremy

    It is hard to overstate how much I enjoyed this book. It was hard work, shouldering through the dense material (which I started on August 18). It's not impossible reading, but it does requires careful...

  • Kevin Halloran

    A remarkable book! A blend of accessible yet historical, theological, and devotional material. No wonder this is a classic....

  • John

    Quotes that stood out to me as I read:Ch. 2 WHY DID CHRIST DIE?"Nobody is ever envious of others who is not first proud of himself." (pg. 57)"So [the Jewish leaders] felt threatened by Jesus. He under...

  • Mark A Powell

    Stott’s seminal work has been reprinted on its twentieth anniversary. Within these pages, Stott surveys the cross of Christ with clarity and aplomb scarcely found in such examinations. Not only does...

  • Bob

    "This is the best book we have read in this group."So commented a faculty member recently in a campus book group that discussed Stott's book. And we've discussed some pretty significant books by the l...

  • James Bunyan

    Brilliant. Absolutely brilliant....

  • Jeffrey Niles

    All of history and all of Scripture holds as its central most important event the cross of Christ. Indeed, in the mind of Christ, no other event of his life on earth held a more central focus then the...

  • Marc Sims

    The definitive treatment of the atonement. I cannot think of a better book. The argument he provides for penal substitutionary atonement is overwhelmingly persuasive, and because it is Stott, he is ab...

  • Stuart

    By far one of the best books I've read this year. Easily in the top three. Maybe even number one.Stott spends his time in the first half of the book setting up the theological arguments for the crucif...