The Old Rugged Cross
A History of the Atonement in Popular Christian Devotion
Imprint: Cascade Books
"This is a book about the cross like none you have ever read. Ben Pugh takes us on a fascinating, eye-opening tour of some key sights in the history of popular Christian devotion to the cross. Here we witness the development of crucicentric practices such as the Eucharist, making the sign of the cross, following stations of the cross, veneration of splinters from the cross, the cult of martyrdom, the performance of Passion plays, medieval passion mysticism, as well as the Evangelical crucicentric piety of Moravians and the Wesleys, the sanctifying cross of the holiness movement, the victorious delivering blood of Pentecostalism, and the gushing blood of Mel Gibson's Passion of the Christ. This is the cross as experienced in the lived experience of ordinary believers, past and present; the cross as prayed, sung, painted, acted, meditated upon, and clung to. Highly recommended."
--Robin A. Parry, author of The Biblical Cosmos and (with Andrew Walker) Deep Church Rising