A Theology of Suffering

A Theology of Suffering

by J. Bryson Arthur

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What if suffering were not arbitrary? Not meaningless, nor a sign of punishment or defeat, but a fundamental element of healing, growth, and triumph? What if suffering were positive? This book is a study and meditation on the nature, origin, and reality of suffering. Contemplating the suffering of Christ and other biblical figures, J. Bryson Arthur investigates a theology of suffering that testifies to its necessity within the plan of God. Bryson reminds us that the nature of suffering is to share fellowship with Christ – to take up one’s cross and follow him. Thus, suffering is not arbitrary but intrinsic to the path God has laid before our feet: a path leading to restoration, wholeness, and fullness of life. An important resource for students of theology, this is also a powerful and hopeful read for anyone seeking meaning in the midst of suffering.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781783687961
Publisher: Langham Creative Projects
Publication date: 03/31/2020
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 244
File size: 896 KB

Table of Contents

  1. Foreword
  2. Preface
  3. Introduction
  4. Part 1: The Nature of Suffering
    1. The Fall and Human Suffering
    2. Creation and Human Suffering
    3. Types of Suffering
    4. Undeserved Suffering; Meaning, Hope, Healing and Forgiveness
    5. The Inner Pain of Angst
    6. The Solution to Angst

  5. Part 2: The Suffering of Biblical Figures
    1. The Suffering of Job
    2. The Suffering of Jesus
    3. The Suffering of God
    4. The Suffering of the Apostle Paul
    5. The Suffering of the Church: Persecution

  6. Part 3: Trauma and Triumph
    1. The Roots of Human Conflict
    2. The Dialectic of Difference and Similarity
    3. The Triumph of Faith and Glory

  7. Recommended Further Reading
  8. Bibliography
  9. Index

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