Crucial (adj.): involving an extremely important decision or result; decisive; critical: a crucial experiment. Synonyms: significant, vital, essential
Crux (n.): a vital, basic, decisive, or pivotal point: The crux of the trial was his whereabouts at the time of the murder. Synonyms: core, heart, essence
What do these two words share in common? Both were created from the same root word. The same root used in the words cross and crucifixion.
How did these words come to be related? Because those who formed them understood the centrality of the Cross to the Christian faith. They knew the crucifixion, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ was the hinge point of all history. (more…)