"Further, Jesus revealed himself as the touchstone and cornerstone and fountainhead of the entire universe not at his birth, or at his resurrection, but, stunningly, at his death. After all, He reconciled “to himself all things . . . making peace of the blood of his cross.” At that moment on a horrific Friday afternoon at the Place of Skulls, Jesus revealed himself to be the Christ, the messiah, the redeemer of all that is good and just and true and beautiful in this world. Thus, the Greeks who feared that man might forever be trapped in the cycles of decay—the breakdown of the primary matter, again whether earth, wind, water, or fire—need no longer worry. Jesus is not only the beginning, He is the Middle, and He is the End, taking all with him as the heavenly lamb leading his followers to the eternal banquet and the never-ending day of eternity.
It would be no exaggeration to state that all Christian humanism hangs on these few passages from the New Testament, while also acknowledging the roots and the Christian Logos in the pagan as well as the Hebraic pasts."