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Transfiguring Luther: The Planetary Promise of Luther's Theology Paperback – May 23, 2016
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"There are more images of Martin Luther than years that have passed since the Reformation, but transfiguring ones are scarce. Moving with Luther and Westhelle beyond the traditional Western paradigm and into new religious, political, economic, and cultural contexts is not only an intellectual exercise. ... It is an existential journey that fits the desire born out of the brokenness of life in a broken world. This book is definitely worth the reading effort!" Antje Jackelen, Archbishop of Sweden "With one foot planted firmly in his Brazilian homeland and another in his place of instruction, the United States, Westhelle is well-equipped to capitalise on forty years of engaging Luther's thought in order to challenge readers around the globe to join him in transfiguring Luther's insights. Like Luther, Westhelle puts the divine gift of human language to use, catching the clear, sharp tones of Luther's reading of Scripture and communicating them in a way that effectively bridges the divide to bring Luther's witness to life today. A significant ecumenical appeal for delivering the biblical message of new life in Christ in our global society." Robert Kolb, Concordia Seminary, Saint Louis, Missouri --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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Vítor Westhelle is professor of Systematic Theology at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago and the chair of Luther Research at Faculdades EST, São Leopoldo, Brazil. He is a gifted teacher with the soul of a poet adept at playing different keys of the theological ivories. A well-known author and internationally sought-out speaker, Westhelle's writings on Luther, liberation, creation, the apocalyptic, postcolonialism, hybridity, and eschatology are widely acclaimed.
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Themes central to Luther's theology are rendered freshly through Westhelle's hermeneutic, whose elements include pertinence (the contextual resonance of a text) and innovation (novelty issuing in transformation). Luther's creation theology is juxtaposed to the ecological crisis, his writings against usury reverberate against the forces of economic globalization, and theology of the cross is transposed in liberation theologies.
While not avoiding a critique of Luther's limitations (for example, the peasants revolt or writings against the Jews), impulses for an imaginative rendering of Luther's seminal thought permeate this work. Highly recommended to spur imagination for the planetary significance of Luther's theology in a threatened world.
Excerpt from book review in Currents in Theology and Mission.