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The Cross is Not Enough: Living as Witnesses to the Resurrection

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The resurrection is the center of Christianity. Without it, there is no life.

As crucial as it is, the cross of Christ is not the center of Christianity. What effect does forgetting the importance of the resurrection have on our worldview, our discipleship, our ethics, our evangelism, and our Christian practice?

In The Cross Is Not Enough, Ross Clifford and Philip Johnson explore how the resurrection of Christ has been understood in times past and restore this linchpin doctrine to its rightful place as the basis of our hope, our worldview, and the way we live our lives every day. They compare Christianity's unique understanding of resurrection to other world religions, explore why the resurrection connects so readily with the human psyche, and trace themes of resurrection through movies, books, music, and other aspects of popular culture.

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"Without the resurrection, Jesus' death would scarcely have atoned for anyone. So why do treatments of the resurrection focus so little on its theological meaning and practical applications for life in this world? Clifford and Johnson rectify this problem, but they do much more, showing how the resurrection is the answer to the aspirations of proponents of most of the major religions of the world and of much of the current popularity of 'new spiritualities.' From movies to novels to near-death experiences, our authors show amazing command of an array of cultural developments about which all readers, Christians or otherwise, should be concerned. A must-read!"
--Craig Blomberg, distinguished professor of New Testament, Denver Seminary

"Have we lost seeing the significance of the resurrection for the Christian? The Cross Is Not Enough argues that we have and then fruitfully walks us through the ways we can think about resurrection. It correctly contends we need to regain an emphasis on the resurrection. Hopefully in doing so, we can see how the resurrection and the cross work together to form the core of Christian hope."
-- Darrell L Bock, research professor of New Testament studies, Dallas Theological Seminary

"Clifford and Johnson are right to want to explore not only how the resurrection has been understood in the past, but why it can contribute to the care and growth of the whole person. A resurrection-centric worldview is concerned not only with proofs of an empty tomb but also with a distinctly Christian form of holism. The church today is ready for a book that sees the resurrection as central to the formulation of a holistic Christian worldview for post-Christendom today.
-- Michael Frost, Morling College, Sydney; author of Exiles: Living Missionally in a Post-Christian World; co-author of The Shaping of Things to Come and ReJesus

"This is not your typical book that approaches Jesus' resurrection from an evidential or soteriological angle. Clifford and Johnson argue that, as crucial as it is, the Cross of Christ is not the center of Christianity. Rather, the authors go beyond evidential studies in order to relate Jesus' resurrection to a holistic, full-orbed approach to Christian theology, mission, discipleship, as well as the daily life of the believer. Further, they find echoes of resurrection in many areas of popular culture, including religion, mythology, music, movies, and even comic books. The 'Spiritual Audit' questions after each chapter serve to challenge personal or group reflection. The authors' command of popular ideas serves to challenge modern culture, giving this volume a highly distinctive appeal."
-- Gary R. Habermas, distinguished research professor, Liberty University and Theological Seminary

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The resurrection is the center of Christianity. Without it, there is no life.

As crucial as it is, the cross of Christ is not the center of Christianity. What effect does forgetting the importance of the resurrection have on our worldview, our discipleship, our ethics, our evangelism, and our Christian practice?

In The Cross Is Not Enough, Ross Clifford and Philip Johnson explore how the resurrection of Christ has been understood in times past and restore this linchpin doctrine to its rightful place as the basis of our hope, our worldview, and the way we live our lives every day. They compare Christianity's unique understanding of resurrection to other world religions, explore why the resurrection connects so readily with the human psyche, and trace themes of resurrection through movies, books, music, and other aspects of popular culture.

Endorsements

"Without the resurrection, Jesus' death would scarcely have atoned for anyone. So why do treatments of the resurrection focus so little on its theological meaning and practical applications for life in this world? Clifford and Johnson rectify this problem, but they do much more, showing how the resurrection is the answer to the aspirations of proponents of most of the major religions of the world and of much of the current popularity of 'new spiritualities.' From movies to novels to near-death experiences, our authors show amazing command of an array of cultural developments about which all readers, Christians or otherwise, should be concerned. A must-read!"
--Craig Blomberg, distinguished professor of New Testament, Denver Seminary

"Have we lost seeing the significance of the resurrection for the Christian? The Cross Is Not Enough argues that we have and then fruitfully walks us through the ways we can think about resurrection. It correctly contends we need to regain an emphasis on the resurrection. Hopefully in doing so, we can see how the resurrection and the cross work together to form the core of Christian hope."
-- Darrell L Bock, research professor of New Testament studies, Dallas Theological Seminary

"Clifford and Johnson are right to want to explore not only how the resurrection has been understood in the past, but why it can contribute to the care and growth of the whole person. A resurrection-centric worldview is concerned not only with proofs of an empty tomb but also with a distinctly Christian form of holism. The church today is ready for a book that sees the resurrection as central to the formulation of a holistic Christian worldview for post-Christendom today.
-- Michael Frost, Morling College, Sydney; author of Exiles: Living Missionally in a Post-Christian World; co-author of The Shaping of Things to Come and ReJesus

"This is not your typical book that approaches Jesus' resurrection from an evidential or soteriological angle. Clifford and Johnson argue that, as crucial as it is, the Cross of Christ is not the center of Christianity. Rather, the authors go beyond evidential studies in order to relate Jesus' resurrection to a holistic, full-orbed approach to Christian theology, mission, discipleship, as well as the daily life of the believer. Further, they find echoes of resurrection in many areas of popular culture, including religion, mythology, music, movies, and even comic books. The 'Spiritual Audit' questions after each chapter serve to challenge personal or group reflection. The authors' command of popular ideas serves to challenge modern culture, giving this volume a highly distinctive appeal."
-- Gary R. Habermas, distinguished research professor, Liberty University and Theological Seminary

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International apologists present a compelling and inspiring case for how to draw on the resurrection for everyday Christian living.
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If Christ had not risen from the dead, if God's plan for redemption had ended at the cross, what would our faith look like? Have we become so fixated on the cross that we have lost an understanding of the centrality of the resurrection? And if we ignore the resurrection, what effect does that have on our worldview, our evangelism, and our Christian practice?

In The Cross Is Not Enough, Ross Clifford and Philip Johnson explore how the resurrection of Christ has been understood in times past and restore this linchpin doctrine to its rightful place as the basis of our hope, our worldview, and the way we live our lives. They compare Christianity's unique understanding of resurrection to other world religions and explore why the resurrection connects so readily with the human psyche.
Pastors, teachers, students, and anyone involved in ministry will benefit from this insightful and engaging treatment of Christianity's most important doctrine.

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Meet the Authors

Ross Clifford

Ross Clifford is a former lawyer and radio presenter, and is currently Principal of Morling Theological College in Sydney Australia (University of Divinity and Australian College of Theology), where he teaches on New Spirituality and Missional Engagement. Ross is past President of the Baptist Union of Australia and President of the Asia Pacific Baptist Federation. With Philip Johnson, Ross co-founded the Community of Hope which pioneered ministry into Mind.Body.Spirit lifestyle festivals. The pair have co-written a number of internationally published books on contemporary spirituality, including Jesus and the Gods of the New Age and The Cross is Not Enough: Living as Witnesses to the Resurrection.

Philip Johnson

Philip Johnson is an adjunct lecturer at Morling Theological College, Sydney, where he teaches New Spirituality and Missional Engagement. With Ross Clifford, Philip co-founded the Community of Hope which pioneered ministry into Mind.Body.Spirit lifestyle festivals. The pair have co-written a number of internationally published books on contemporary spirituality, including Jesus and the Gods of the New Age and The Cross is Not Enough: Living as Witnesses to the Resurrection.

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  • Catalogue Code 333831
  • Product Code 9780801014611
  • ISBN 0801014611
  • EAN 9780801014611
  • Pages 320
  • Department Academic
  • Category Theology
  • Sub-Category Christology
  • Publisher Baker Book House
  • Publication Date Jan 2012
  • Sales Rank #11053
  • Dimensions 228 x 152 x 21 mm
  • Weight 0.430kg

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