A Christian Theology of Suffering in the Context of Theravada Buddhism in Thailand

A Christian Theology of Suffering in the Context of Theravada Buddhism in Thailand

by Satanun Boonyakiat

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Overview

In this book, Satanun Boonyakiat elucidates a Christian theology of suffering relevant to the context of Theravada Buddhism in Thailand. Grounding his work in a trinitarian comparative theology of religions, Boonyakiat explores the ways in which Buddhist teachings on suffering – specifically the Four Noble Truths – can challenge, enrich, and deepen a Christian perspective. Ultimately, Dr Boonyakiat suggests, a Christian theology of suffering relevant to the people of Thailand, both Christian and Buddhist alike, must move beyond a traditional, western emphasis on theodicy to address a practical response to suffering’s lived reality – a response rooted firmly in Scripture and grounded in a theology of the cross.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781839730306
Publisher: Langham Creative Projects
Publication date: 07/09/2020
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 196
File size: 864 KB

Table of Contents

  1. Acknowledgements
  2. Abstract
  3. Abbreviations
  4. Introduction
  5. Chapter 1 A Trinitarian Theology of Religions and Trinitarian Comparative Theology
    1. A Christian Theology of Religions
      1. A Traditional Typology
      2. A More Comprehensive Typology


    2. A Comparative Theology
      1. Francis X. Clooney
      2. James L. Fredericks
      3. Keith Ward
      4. Towards a Trinitarian Comparative Theology


    3. The Trinity and Human Suffering
    4. Conclusion


  6. Chapter 2 The Reality of Human Suffering
    1. The Basic Understanding of Suffering in Buddhism
      1. The Founder of Buddhism
      2. The First Noble Truth: The Truth of Suffering (Dukkha)
      3. The Three Characteristics of Existence


    2. Theological Understanding of the Reality of Suffering
      1. The Reality and Complexity of Suffering in the Biblical Perspective
      2. Reexamination of the Traditional Theological Understanding of Suffering


    3. Conclusion


  7. Chapter 3 The Causes of Suffering
    1. The Truth of the Cause of Suffering (Samudaya)
      1. Tanh
      2. Avijj
      3. The Law of Kamma


    2. Theological Understanding of the Causes of Suffering
      1. Suffering Is the Result of Sin: The Message of Retribution Theology
      2. Suffering Is the Result of Oppression: The Message of Liberation Theology
      3. Suffering Is a Mystery: The Message of the Book of Job


    3. Conclusion


  8. Chapter 4 The Ways to the Extinction of Suffering
    1. The Buddhist Way to the Extinction of Suffering
      1. Right Understanding (Sammditthi)
      2. Right Thought (Sammsankappa)
      3. Right Speech (Sammvc)
      4. Right Action (Sammkammanta)
      5. Right Livelihood (Samm-jva)
      6. Right Effort (Sammvyma)
      7. Right Mindfulness (Sammsati)
      8. Right Meditation (Sammsamdhi)


    2. The Theological Understanding of the Way to the Extinction of Suffering
      1. Martin Luther’s Theology of the Cross
      2. Kazoh Kitamori’s Theology of the Pain of God
      3. Jurgen Moltmann’s The Crucified God
      4. Kosuke Koyama


    3. Conclusion


  9. Conclusion
  10. Bibliography

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