Book Review of “Cross-Shattered Christ” by Stanley Hauerwas

Cross Shattered ChristFor Holy Week this year, I decided to read Cross-Shattered Christ: Meditations on the Seven Last Words by Stanley Hauerwas.  Though I had been aware of the Anglican theologian’s works all these years, I had never read any of them (perhaps I would have been more insightful, theologically, if I had).

The title of the book, “Cross-Shattered Christ,” is taken from a poem.  According to Hauerwas, readers who are familiar with some of his past work may find a different “Hauerwas” here, though the center of how he does theology remains.

In writing these meditations, Hauerwas says that he hopes his readers will discover what he was forced to discover, “how extraordinary it is that our lives have been redeemed, literally made possible, by the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.”

With each “meditation,” I was compelled to step back and rethink how I’ve conceived of the crucifixion of Jesus all these years, especially the meditations on “I thirst” and “It is finished.”

I found Hauerwas’s interactions with others, though a handful of them, quite refreshing, especially Rowan Williams, former Archbishop of Canterbury.  I would be remiss if I didn’t mention that several passages in Hauerwas little work reminded me of another Anglican theologian, N.T. Wright.

“So come, draw near, fear not, and behold the mystery and the wonder of Jesus’s cross,” Stanley Hauerwas.

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Holy Saturday

O God, Creator of heaven and earth: Grant that, as the crucified body of your dear Son was laid in the tomb and rested on this holy Sabbath, so we may await with him the coming of the third day, and rise with him to newness of life; who now lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.”  –The Book of Common Prayer

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Calvary by Hillsong Live

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Good Friday

Almighty God, we pray you graciously to behold this your family, for whom our Lord Jesus Christ was willing to be betrayed, and given into the hands of sinners, and to suffer death upon the cross; who now lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.  Amen.”  –The Book of Common Prayer

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Maundy Thursday

Almighty Father, whose dear Son, on the night before he suffered, instituted the Sacrament of his Body and Blood: Mercifully grant that we may receive it thankfully in remembrance of Jesus Christ our Lord, who in these holy mysteries gives us a pledge of eternal life; and who now lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.”  –The Book of Common Prayer

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What is Holy Week?

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On “My God, My God, Why have you Forsaken Me?”

“Hear these words, ‘My God, My God, Why have you forsaken me?’ and know that the Son of God has taken our place, become for us the abandonment our sin produces, so that we may live confident that the world has been redeemed by this cross.”  –Stanley Hauerwas, Cross-Shattered Christ

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