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Overview With gem-like precision, Hall condenses his most profound insights from the full-scale systematics: Thinking the Faith, Professing the Faith, and Confessing the Faith. How does Christ's passion relate to a suffering world? A Christology that goes to the heart of what it means to be human.
Publishers Description In this small gem of theological reflection, North America's foremost "theologian of the cross" offers a profound and compelling contemplation on the relevance of the church's most fundamental confession. Hall ponders what confessing Jesus as crucified means in today's context, one that is postmodern, pluralistic, multicultural, and in some respects post-Christian. A digest of his monumental trilogy, this book lays out in brief compass the heart of Hall's theology of the cross, contrasting it sharply with the theology of established Christianity, showing how it reframes classical Christology and soteriology, and drawing the implications for what it means to be human, for Christian ethics, and for the church.
Awards and Recognitions The Cross in Our Context: Jesus and the Suffering World by Douglas John Hall has received the following awards and recognitions -
Book of the Year - 2004 Winner - Book of the Year category
Citations And Professional Reviews The Cross in Our Context: Jesus and the Suffering World by Douglas John Hall has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
Christian Century - 05/05/2009 page 28
Christian Century - 07/13/2004 page 36
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Studio: FORTRESS PRESS
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.4" Width: 5.5" Height: 0.7" Weight: 0.9 lbs.
Release Date Aug 1, 2003
Publisher Augsburg Fortress Publishers
ISBN 0800635817 ISBN13 9780800635817
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More About Douglas John Hall
Douglas John Hall is emeritus professor of theology at McGill University in Montreal, Quebec. Among the most widely read theologians in North America, Hall has written many popular and acclaimed works, including Lighten Our Darkness (1976), God and Human Suffering (1987), and Why Christian? (1998), as well as a full-scale trilogy in systematic theology: Thinking the Faith (1991), Professing the Faith (1996), and Confessing the Faith (1998), all from Fortress Press.
Douglas John Hall was born in 1928.
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This is a fantastic book Apr 18, 2008
Professor Hall's book gives a concise but thorough exposition of the theology of the cross (a theology, I confess, that I find utterly convincing and inspiring). The book also does a nice job of relating the theology of the cross to contemporary social issues and to the decline of mainline denominations (in the face of, among other things, the triumphalism of some evangelicals). I would recommend this book to anyone (especially clergy) who would like an introduction to the theology of the cross and the political theology that comes out of it.
solid Oct 9, 2007
As i have read the reviews and all three are solid, I have little to say. Halden Doerge did an excellent job reviewing. I would address that I do not see Hall as negating scripture at all, I see him as guiding humanity in making Christianity meaningful for our context today. Church membership is in serious decline . . . across the board. It is more rare to find a Christian than to find the non-religious, unclaimed, secularist, or whatever.
75% Brilliant Insight -25% Confusion Mar 28, 2005
I have been really moved by this book. I have been challenged to entirely alter my engagement with the world around me. Hall's insights are clearly encouraging to anyone wanting to engage with society around them. The last 25% Hall goes off the rails. He questions the sayings of Christ, the authority of the Bible, and Gods final revelation of him self through his Son. A universalist in every way.
The Cross in Our Context Aug 4, 2004
Rarely would a book as scholarly as Hall's The Cross in Our Context be labelled "accessible", but this one is. You need not have read widely in theology to understand his arguments and appreciate his writing. Hall here lays bare the cancer that has eaten the modern Western church from within over the past several centuries: the Baal of materialism and the seduction of triumphalism. There is rebirth coming and it will be a re-forming to what both pre-Constantinian Christianity and Luther saw as the essence of The Way, the theology of the cross. I would highly recommnend this book to all who claim to be disciples and especially to those of us who rarely read theology because it "does not really connect with my every day world." Hall will show you it does.