“Jesus was not Crucified in a Cathedral between Two Candles”

George Macleod, the founder of the Iona Community, once wrote,

“I simply argue that the cross be raised again at the center of the marketplace as well as on the steeple of the church. I am recovering the claim that Jesus was not crucified in a cathedral between two candles, but on a cross between two thieves; on the town garbage heap; at a crossroads so cosmopolitan that they had to write his title in Hebrew and in Latin and in Greek . . .  at the kind of place where cynics talk smut and thieves curse, and soldiers gamble. Because that is where he died. And that is what he died about.”

One thought on ““Jesus was not Crucified in a Cathedral between Two Candles”

  1. I first read this quotation some 20 years ago and was struck by its preciseness of what Christianity is all about. I have it printed in my bible and used it several times. Time has not diluted its meaning or revelance, infact time has rendered it more meaningful in todays world which is clearly broken by mans greed, lust for power expressed by intellectual hog wash. Man cannot be at peace with himself unless he turns unconditionally to God first.

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