For 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.