“The criterion of what is Christian and what is not is the cross of Jesus Christ, the crucial enigma which distinguishes the peculiarly Christian way of looking at human existence and experience from all other viewpoints” (p. 18).
For the Christian, “the cross alone is our theology.”—Luther (p. 26)
“The Christian tradition, following in the paths indicated by Paul, has identified the cross, interpreted in the light of the resurrection, as the final, decisive and normative locus of the revelation of God” (p. 107).
“Christ’s pulpit is his cross: it is from the cross that he addresses the world” (p. 141).
“The cross is not just about one chapter of the Christian faith; it casts its shadow and stamps its form upon all of that theology” (p. 187).
Alister McGrath, The Enigma of the Cross (Hodder and Stoughton, 1987), as quoted by John Stott, The Preacher’s Notebook.