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The Scandalous God: The Use and Abuse of the Cross

The Scandalous God: The Use and Abuse of the Cross

"Theology of the Cross" is an important site of religious reflection and controversy, especially today. Westhelle repeatedly uncovers the evasions – personal, social, religious, and even theological – by which we skirt the sharp challenge that the Cross and suffering love pose to a culture, lifestyle, and economy that avoid suffering and evade love. And he challenges every Christian to embrace Jesus' cross to find our own resurrection.

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  • Publisher Fortress Press
  • Format Paperback
  • ISBN 9780800638955
  • Age/Grade Range Adult
  • Dimensions 5.5 x 8.5
  • Pages 192
  • Publication Date October 18, 2006


"Westhelle provides an incisive theological review and critique of historical and contemporary efforts to grasp and express the scandal of God's death on the cross. A timely, provocative, and creative book!"
– Carter Lindberg, Emeritus, Boston University School of Theology

"Enter into the fierce and brilliant theological reflection, whose aim – and remarkable accomplishment – is to present the cross of Christ for the scandal it actually is..."
– Mary M. Solberg, Gustavus Adolphus College

"A highly original work on the scandal of the cross..."
– Daniel L. Migliore