The cross of Christ is undeniably central to the Christian faith. But, how can the cruelty and brutality of a two-thousand-year-old Roman cross touch base with a hedonistic world that has been so desensitized towards violence? Within the postmodern setting of a body-obsessed culture, Christianity urgently requires an innovative and stimulating way of understanding the cross and its atoning significance.
At the heart of this book is the Naked Christ--an emblem through which the author draws on the rich resources of the Christian tradition in its portrayal of the cross. He explores how the metaphors of nakedness and clothing can encapsulate aspects of atonement and enable them to be understood within a variety of contemporary contexts. The Naked Christ is a useful resource for anyone seeking fresh ways to express what the cross of Christ means to contemporary culture.
Endorsements & Reviews-
"With astute sensitivity to a major theme in contemporary culture, often ignored by the church as too embarrassing to deal with, Dan Le brings original insights into the cross of Christ and the meaning of the atonement. A stimulating and enjoyable read, it provides further confirmation of the inexhaustible riches to be found in Christ's death." --Derek Tidball, former principal, London School of Theology
"Is there anything new to say about the cross? Those who wonder should read this fascinating work, which offers new perspectives, not as alternatives for the old ones, but to complement and supplement them." --Tony Lane, Professor of Historical Theology, London School of Theology
"The Naked Christ is not another study on the atonement; it is much more. Dan Le offers a new and original reinterpretation of atonement within the Christian tradition. This becomes metaphorical theology at its best. He has written a brilliant piece of work that is academically sound and relevant to the body-obsessed culture. Biblical themes and church tradition come alive in this comprehensive introduction to the metaphor of the naked Christ." --David Rainey, Senior Lecturer and Research Fellow, Nazarene Theological College
Dan Le is an Academic Tutor for the Distance Learning Department at London School of Theology. He is currently involved in theological education in Vietnam.