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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Baker Books (January 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0801014611
  • ISBN-13: 978-0801014611
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 5.9 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,521,250 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.


"Without the resurrection, Jesus' death would scarcely have atoned for anyone. Clifford and Johnson show how the resurrection is the answer to the aspirations of proponents of most of the major world religions and much of the current popularity of 'new spiritualities.' A must-read!"--Craig Blomberg, distinguished professor of New Testament, Denver Seminary

"Clifford and Johnson argue that the Good News of Christianity is not just the cross--that Jesus died for our sins. The Good News is the cross and the resurrection--Jesus died and he rose from the dead. They make a compelling case, one that influences every aspect of Christian living and thinking."--Terry Muck, dean of the E. Stanley Jones School of World Mission and evangelism professor of missions and world religions,
Asbury Theological Seminary

"Clifford and Johnson are right to want to explore not only how the resurrection has been understood in the past but also 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."--Michael Frost, Morling College, Sydney; author of Exiles; coauthor of The Shaping of Things to Come and ReJesus

"Clifford and Johnson go beyond evidential studies in order to relate Jesus' resurrection to a holistic, full-orbed approach to Christian theology, mission, and discipleship, as well as the daily life of the believer."--Gary R. Habermas, distinguished research professor, Liberty University and Theological Seminary


Ross Clifford is the principal of Morling Theological College in Sydney, Australia. A former lawyer and pastor, he is cofounder with Philip Johnson of the Community of Hope.

Philip Johnson is a visiting lecturer in apologetics and alternative religious movements at Morling Theological College in Sydney, Australia.

About the Author

Ross Clifford is the principal of Morling Theological College in Sydney, Australia. A former lawyer and pastor, he is cofounder with Philip Johnson of The Community of Hope.

Philip Johnson is a visiting lecturer in apologetics and alternative religious movements at Morling Theological College in Sydney, Australia.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By David P. Craig TOP 1000 REVIEWER on January 5, 2012
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As a pastor for over twenty-four years now, I am amazed at how fresh and new and exciting the depths of my understanding of the gospel keep getting - largely due to books like this one. This insightful book offers a very refreshing and much needed look at the necessity of a paradigm shift in our thinking through the lenses of the resurrection rather than through the cross as the appropriate symbol of the church in today's world. In this book the authors make the very effective case that the resurrection is the lynchpin upon which Christianity stands or falls: without it - there is no atonement for sin, no justification by faith alone, no empowerment for living a holistic life, and no basis for ethics, spiritual growth, human rights, and missions.

One of the most important contributions this book makes is how they cogently and with convincing evidences show how a theology of the resurrection was in the thoughts and heart of the worldview of the most missional Christian of all time - the apostle Paul. The authors also demonstrate how resurrection theology is present in all of Biblical revelation. This book is not so much a case for the evidence of the resurrection, but a case for the necessity and reality of our belief and application of the ramifications of the resurrection for all of life.

I immensely enjoyed this book and will be adding it to an increasing list of books that I will be reading on a yearly basis to remind me of the importance of the resurrection lenses through which I should be seeing all of life each and every day - until Jesus returns - of course, made possible because of His literal bodily resurrection from the dead. As a result of my reading of this book I believe and feel even more empowered and equipped to live out and share the past, present, and future realities of the gospel consisting of the death, burial, resurrection, and return of Jesus Christ the Lord.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By GLW on January 30, 2012
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"Until we refocus on the resurrection all the chatter about a new day for the church is paralyzed". (pg 15)

Strong words. I believe that recovering the centrality of the resurrection will be one of THE most important endeavors our theologians make in the next decade. Authors Clifford and Johnson explain why. The Church has been lagging in its effectiveness due to its lack of resurrection-focused preaching and living. We have heard a considerable amount of teaching on "cross-centered living" but rarely on the resurrection-focused life that apparrently ignited the early church for the first 500 years (beginning with Acts which does not "unpack atonement theories" btw). The cross was not their symbol because it was not their focus. It was not, in their estimation, the "last word" in the Story of God. It was clearly the resurrection.

This book exposes how presently "there is much confusion and vagueness about how the resurrection connects". (pg 48)

The Cross Is Not Enough because you can have the cross without a resurrection but the resurrection will always encompasses the cross. Therefore it is, as they say, the "lynchpin" of our faith. And this is not for apologetic reasons but because it is foundational to seeing how life works personally and as a faith community, and therefore for the world. Scott McKnight wrote his "A Community Called Atonement" but I reckon these authors would say we need to rebuild "a community called Resurrection"!

The resurrection's implications go far beyond that of the vindication of Christ's atonement or evidence for the sceptic; it is the reality woven into the universe. It is the worldview in which we are to swim and breathe.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By ruth barr on April 9, 2014
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Provocative title caught my interest, and the Author's prose changed my perspective. I want to live my life in the understanding of Christ's resurrection.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By S Payne on January 26, 2012
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This is superb book is both practical and applicable, and Biblical challenging. Indeed, the book as presented starts with the practical and ends with a Biblical overview. Each chapter gives the reader much to think about, and the extensive footnoting will provide further material for the reader to delve into. For the novice reader there is much practical material to keep you engaged. For the academic or pastor, both this practical material and especially the basic premise of the book that the resurrection (compared to the crucifixion) is being downplayed in Evangelical circles -and the Old Testament will highly challenge some basic assumptions you may hold.
In short, an extraordinary book!
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