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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

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