The Gate of Glory
"The cross is the very heart of the Christian faith," writes George Carey in his introduction, "it is also its compelling and majestic peak which towers over all our attempts to conquer it by our intellect or to bring it within the scope of our tidy theological systems."
George Carey does not, howevr, presume to pronounce the last word on the subject: he writes to redress two alarming trends. The first is to correct the way in which modern Christians tend to brush the cross aside: the resurrection, the Spirit and the church are more fashionable subjects. The second is to attempt to find common ground in an area that all too often is devisive and controversial. In this ecumenical age, the various denominations' interpretations of the cross are confusingly different and mutually antagonistic.
The cross is mysterious and its categories sin, sacrifice, holiness, suffering and death somewhat old-fashioned. The Gate of Glory strongly contends that to lose the cross is to lose everything; to shift it to the circumfrence of faith is to water down the Christian gospel and render it well-nigh ineffective.