This book offers a theological foundation for engaging with the realities of suffering and dying. Designed particularly for practical theology students and trainee caregivers, it introduces the spiritual and theological issues raised by suffering and dying. The chapters consider:
- how Christian theology deals with the problem of suffering and how the Bible treats these difficult issues
- post-biblical interpretations of Jesus’ suffering and the Cross
- modern instances including ecology, poverty, discrimination and war
- comparative religious approaches and the depiction in popular culture.
Natalie Weaver relates theology to practical issues of caregiving and provides a ‘toolbox’ for thinking about suffering and death in a creative and supportive way.
Table of Contents
Introduction 1. Theodicy the Question 'How Can God Allow Pain?' 2. Suffering in the Bible: Old Testament 3. Suffering in the Bible: New Testament 4. Soteriology: Historical Intepretations of the Meaning and Efficacy of the Cross 5. Soteriology: Revisting the Cross in the Contemporary Period 6. Death in Comparative Perspective 7. Issues in Spiritual Caregiving for the Suffering and Dying 8. A Toolbox for Dealing with Suffering and Dying.
Natalie Kertes Weaver is Associate Professor of Religious Studies at Ursuline College in Ohio, USA. Her books include Marriage and Family: A Christian Theological Foundation (Anselm Academic, 2009).