Cross-Shattered Christ: Meditations on the Seven Last Words

Cross-Shattered Christ: Meditations on the Seven Last Words

by Stanley Hauerwas

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Overview

In Cross-Shattered Christ, theologian Stanley Hauerwas offers a moving reflection on Jesus's final words from the cross. This small and powerful volume is theologically poignant and steeped in humility. Hauerwas's pithy discussion opens our ears to the language of Scripture while opening our hearts to a truer vision of God. Touching in original and surprising ways on subjects such as praying the Psalms and our need to be remembered by Jesus, Hauerwas emphasizes Christ's humanity as well as the sheer "differentness" of God.



Ideal for personal devotion during Lent and throughout the year, Cross-Shattered Christ offers a transformative reading of Jesus's words that goes directly to the heart of the gospel.


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781441202451
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 01/01/2005
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 108
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Stanley Hauerwas is the Gilbert T. Rowe Professor of Theological Ethics at Duke University. He received his Ph.D. from Yale University and is the author of many books, including Performing the Faith, The Peaceable Kingdom, With the Grain of the Universe, A Better Hope, and Christian Existence Today.

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Excerpt

Is it any wonder we find Good Friday so shattering? On this day and with these words, "Father, forgive them for they know not what they do," all our presumptions about God and the salvation wrought by God are rendered presumptuous. Moreover, that is how we discover that what happens on the cross really is about us, but the "what" that is about us challenges our presumptions about what kind of salvation we need. Through the cross of Christ we are drawn into the mystery of the Trinity. This is God's work on our behalf. We are made members of a kingdom governed by a politics of forgiveness and redemption. The world is offered an alternative unimaginable by our sin-determined fantasies.

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