The Strange Cross


From Douglas John Hall’s Cross in Our Context: “Does it seem strange that a theology centered in the violent death of a man should be at base a theology defiant of death and oriented toward life ‘more abundantly’?…My whole intention is to respond to it both affirmatively and as persuasively as possible: Yes, it is strange; yet this strangeness conceals a profound logic of its own. That logic is grounded in the foundational claim of this theology, which is that the cross of the Christ hides – and reveals – the decision of God, vere Deus, to absorb in his own person the compulsions of the alienated human spirit to kill, and so to create ‘a new spirit within us,’ a spirit that has passed through death to the life that is possible on death’s far side.”



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