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Vitor Westhelle Publishes The Scandalous God: The Use and Abuse of the Cross

Posted Nov 14, 2006

Drawing on Biblical studies, linguistics, historical context, an evolving understanding of the cross, and Luther's theology of the cross Vitor Westhelle, in The Scandalous God: The Use and Abuse of the Cross, shows how scandalous the cross and Jesus' crucifixion is. Through poetry and literature, Westhelle concludes the book by leading the reader to new "stations of the cross" and where we get stuck as we move among the stations, to the practice of resurrection.

Westhelle joined LSTC's faculty in 1993 after teaching at Luther Northwestern Theological Seminary and Escola Superior de Teologia, Brazil. He was visiting professor at the University of Natal, South Africa, and the University of Aarhus, Denmark. He is a prolific writer and speaker with an international reputation. His published pieces include seven books which he wrote or co-edited and more than 100 articles.

The Scandalous God: The Use and Abuse of the Cross was published by Fortress Press (ISBN-13: 978-0-8006-3895-5) and is available through the LSTC Book Center for $22.00 (plus shipping and handling.)


Jan Boden
Director of Communications

The Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago forms visionary leaders to bear witness to the good news of Jesus Christ. Its approximately 290 students come from all parts of the United States and from around the world to study in the masters level and advanced studies programs. Graduates become pastors, other church leaders, and university and seminary professors. LSTC is a seminary of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and a member of the Association of Chicago Theological Schools, allowing students to cross-register among the 12 member seminaries and drawing on a wealth of ecumenical resources. LSTC enjoys a number of cooperative arrangements with the University of Chicago.

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