Recovery of Paul and Luther's theology of the cross has been an enduring legacy of twentieth-century theology, and in our own day the topic has continued to expand as more and more global voices join the conversation. The array of literature produced on the cross and its theological significance can be overwhelming. In this readable and concise introduction, Robert Saler provides an overview of the key motifs present in theologians seeking to understand how the cross of Jesus Christ informs the work of theology, ministry, and activism on behalf of victims of injustice today. He also demonstrates how theology of the cross can be a lens through which to understand crucial questions of our time related to the nature of beauty, God's redemption, and the forces which seek to overwhelm both. Ranging from Luther and Bonhoeffer to James Cone and feminist theologians, Saler makes this literature accessible to all who wish to understand how the cross shapes Christian claims about God and God's work on behalf of the world. ""In Theologia Crucis, Robert Saler has provided a compelling and timely 'field guide' to the significance and power of the cross in theological discourse. Impressive in its scope and incisive in its analysis, Saler's work brings a fresh perspective to the theology of the cross. He invites us to return to the foot of Christ's cross, there to find strength and sustenance for the work of peace, reconciliation, and justice in our own time."" --Brent A. R. Hege, Butler University ""This book springs from deep learning and faith. It demonstrates, in an accessible tone, that despite (or maybe because of) the ubiquity of the Cross, we constantly need to be called back to a realization of what the Cross is: an impossible scandal, the most profound sign of divine love, the transfiguration of the world, and the transformation of our lives. What's more, we come to see that Luther's theology of the Cross is enlightening for all Christians."" --Peter C. Bouteneff, Professor of Systematic Theology, St. Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary ""Refusing to jettison the legacy of Luther, Robert Saler dares to place the crucified Christ in full conversation with what some might deem the unlikeliest of partners, like a murdered Sandra Bland, a martyred Dietrich Bonhoeffer, a mystical and musical Arvo Part, an emptied (but not empty) Sebastiao Rodrigues, a metaphysical feminist, Valerie Saiving. The reality of the resurrection is what finally irrupts with hope for those who walk this prophetic path with the talented Dr. Saler."" --John Arthur Nunes, President, Concordia College-New York Robert Saler is Research Professor of Lutheran Studies and Executive Director of the Center for Pastoral Excellence at Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis.
Published by Cascade Books on October 4, 2016
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