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Westhelle's The Scandalous God: The Use and Abuse of the Cross to be offered as SELECT course

Posted Jan 9, 2007

Vitor Westhelle's recently published The Scandalous God: The Use and Abuse of the Cross along with video taped lectures presented at Trinity Lutheran Seminary's Winter Ministry Institute will form a SELECT course to be released later this year. Westhelle will be the keynote speaker for Trinity's "The Theology of the Cross in Contemporary Culture" Winter Institute January 17-18. A study guide for the book and lectures will be included in the SELECT course package, which is co-sponsored by the SELECT Multimedia Resources and the Covenant Cluster of ELCA seminaries.

SELECT resources are available at

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 eight 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.)


The Rev. Dr. Kathleeen D. Billman
Dean of Academic Affairs

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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