The Cross of Christ

by John R. W. Stott

Hardcover, 1986





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.


Intervarsity Pr (1986), 383 pages


(177 ratings; 4.4)

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LibraryThing member andrewlovesoldbooks
A masterpiece - possibly the definitive work on substitutionary atonement, which makes it all the more important for the present decade, when there are many who claim to be evangelicals but deny this historic doctrine.

Stott looks at the Cross from all angles, including its symbolic significance to
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the church, the reasons which necessitated it, and the consequences of it (theologically, personally, socially, etc.). One of the brilliant points that this book establishes is that though there are many pictures for the atonement (courtroom, marketplace, conquest, etc.), the concept of substitution is behind them all.

D.A. Carson's endorsement was accurate: this is one of those rare must-own, must-read books.
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LibraryThing member fluteflute
Lots of amazing (and important) stuff in here, but not an easy or quick read. Took me almost five months (not solidly of course) and after that I'm sure there would be an awful lot to be gained from reading it again. Hopefully I will at some point in the future.
LibraryThing member jimmoz
This is a very fine book that I hope to reread every 3-5 years. It covers critical areas: the centrality of the cross as Christ described His mission; the centrality of it in the epistles; the true sinfulness and guilt of men; the just wrath of God; the need for satisfaction of wrath; substitution;
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propitiation, justification, redemption, reconciliation; the cross as a display of God's justice and love; victory in the cross; and others.
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LibraryThing member randomvariable
This book is hard going on the atheist. Without belief in the first principles of Christianity - that the bible is the work of God, rather than a socially constructed text, then most of the arguments fall flat.
LibraryThing member vicarofdibley
has some good stuff on self understanding and self giving, very useful book
LibraryThing member pmackey
Stott's, The Cross of Christ, is a very good book but not always an easy read. Stott provides a detailed examination of the meaning of the cross and God's sacrifice and explores how that should impact the believer's life.
LibraryThing member claidheamdanns
To be honest, this book left me with more questions than answers. It was also very heady listening. I could rarely listen to more than one chapter at a sitting, and was often left wondering which side of the argument the writer was on.
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