New Adult Study: "Hanging by a Thread: The Questions of the Cross
This brilliant series of theological reflections from internationally known scholar and Anglican cleric Samuel Wells reflects on the challenges of our understanding of Christ's crucifixion that arise today using contemporary ideas in history, biblical studies, and philosophy. Wells deals with such questions as:
"Does the improbability of one event having significance for everything, everywhere, for all time leave our faith hanging by a thread?"
"Does the possibility that elements of the story did not actually happen leave our Christian heritage hanging by a thread?"
"Does the history of persecution that flowed from the classical belief that the Jews were responsible for Jesus' death leave our morality hanging by a thread?"
After reflecting upon six biblical stories, Wells discovers that the cross has an enduring power to shape how we live, how we relate to one another, and how we allow ourselves to be enfolded in God's story.
About the Author: Samuel Wells (PhD, University of Durham) is vicar of St. Martin-in-the-Fields Anglican Church at Trafalgar Square in London. He previously served as dean of the chapel and research professor of Christian ethics at Duke University. Wells is the author of several books, including Be Not Afraid, Improvisation: The Drama of Christian Ethics, and Transforming Fate into Destiny: The Theological Ethics of Stanley Hauerwas. He also coedited, with Stanley Hauerwas, The Blackwell Companion to Christian Ethics.