St. Paul speaks of the rulers of this age who ''crucified the Lord of Glory'' (1 Cor. 2:8). St. Gregory Nazianzen proclaimed boldly, ''We need a God made flesh and put to death.'' But how seriously has the Church taken the identification of God with One who was not only dead, but also ''buried,'' as the Creed confesses? Similar to a chapter in von Balthasar's Mysterium Paschale
, Alan Lewis contends that the implications of this lack have been profound, beginning with our avoidance of the very identification of God with the Crucified and Buried One. In dialogue with both classical and modern theologians, Lewis argues that our doctrine of God suffers when he is not the God who is ''the servant Lord, the guilty judge, the wounded healer.'' For it is in the depth of Holy Saturday that God identifies with the aloneness, darkness, and burials in our own lives. The power of the book is made more poignant when one discovers that the author experienced his own Holy Saturday, dying of cancer at the age of fifty, shortly after finishing this book.
An Eighth Day View:
Now in paperback Completely just before his own death from cancer, Between Cross and Resurrection is Alan E. Lewis's magnum opus. For much of Christian history the church has given no place to Holy Saturday in its liturgy or worship. Yet the space dividing Calvary and the Garden may be the best place from which to reflect on the meaning of Christ's death and resurrection. This superb work by the late Alan Lewis develops on a grand scale and in great detail a theology of Holy Saturday. The first comprehensive theology of Holy Saturday ever written, Between Cross and Resurrection shows that at the center of the biblical story and the church's creed lies a three-day narrative. Lewis explores the meaning of Holy Saturday -- the restless day of burial and waiting -- from the perspectives of narrative (hearing the story), doctrine (thinking the story), and ethics (living the story). Along the way he visits as many spiritual themes as possible in order to demonstrate the range of topics that take on fresh meaning when viewed from the vantage point of Holy Saturday. Between Cross and Resurrection is not only incisive and elegantly written, but it is also a uniquely moving work deeply rooted in Christian experience. While writing this book Lewis experienced his own Holy Saturday in suffering from and finally succumbing to cancer. He considered Between Cross and Resurrection to be the culmination of his life's work.