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Cross and Resurrection
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German theologian, Klaus Schwarzwäller reclaims Christ's cross and resurrection as God's wonder and mystery. He connects with art, history, contemporary culture, and especially scripture in presenting a trenchant analysis of the modes of power and production that have undergirded both society and the church since the Enlightenment.

The church in the present era comes under the power of the Enlightenment's quest for truth in the measurable, reproducible, and rational. The proof of the Spirit’s power thus comes to depend on the criteria of reason and theory, rather than on the Spirit’s work in the reality of daily life.

When the church and theology operate in this way, the cross and resurrection become something that requires our management, manipulation, or expert interpretation. Thus, the church and theology wind up existing for their own ends, and freedom and faith are replaced with brutal indifference and control.

The truth of the gospel is that on the cross Christ bore the brunt of power and production that could not bear his utter devotion to God and care for the powerless. The cross excludes our control and the power of the resurrection ensures that the negativity of human life borne on the cross will be overcome.

Schwarzwäller calls the church and theologians to relinquish both their conformity to society and the indifference that power and production create and instead focus on tending to God’s word so that the cross and resurrection are again revealed as God’s wonder and mystery.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. pp. 1-1
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
  2. pp. 2-5
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Preface to the English Edition
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. ix-xii
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  1. 1. Cross, Resurrection, and Truth
  2. pp. 1-9
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  1. 2. The Essence of the Cross and Resurrection
  2. pp. 10-24
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  1. 3. Characteristics of Our Era
  2. pp. 25-39
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  1. 4. Cross and Resurrection from the Perspective of Power
  2. pp. 40-51
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  1. 5. Cross and Resurrection from the Perspective of Powerlessness
  2. pp. 52-64
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  1. 6. Cross and Resurrection from the Perspective of Brutal Indifference
  2. pp. 65-73
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  1. 7. Cross and Resurrection as Mystery and Wonder
  2. pp. 74-90
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  1. 8. On the Loss of Wonder and Mystery
  2. pp. 91-102
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  1. 9. Sin and Justification
  2. pp. 103-112
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  1. 10. God’s Untimeliness
  2. pp. 113-124
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  1. 11. The Language of Cross and Resurrection
  2. pp. 125-140
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  1. 12. Open Horizons
  2. pp. 141-150
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 151-164
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