Suffering is an inescapable aspect of human experience, and one that raises many questions: Why do we suffer? Where is God in our suffering? Who is this God that allows us to suffer? Where is Gods purpose in our suffering?
While the negativity of suffering creates many quandaries, the Christian tradition has also viewed suffering in positive terms. Jesus suffering has been seen as salvific; indeed, his followers are called to take up their cross and follow him.
Richard W. Miller
Richard W. Miller is Assistant Professor of Systematic Theology at Creighton University. He is a founder of the Church in the 21st Century Lecture Series, from which this volume is drawn. He is the editor, most recently, of Woman at the Shaping of Catholicism.
Suffering is the enduring challenge for people of Christian faith, beginning with the cruel death of Jesus himself. How to explain it? How to live with it? How to find meaning? How to find hope? These six short essays offer astute biblical and theological insights into a problem we must all grapple with, and help focus the discussion for those who seek wisdom in their Christian lives.
- Paul G. Crowley, S.J., Santa Clara University
These essays address the issue of human suffering as a challenge not only to Christian theology but, above all, to Christian praxis. The only adequate response to suffering is our own participation in the life of the Crucified and Risen Christ, whose solidarity with those who suffer reveals the utter gratuity of God's love for all.
- Roberto S. Goizueta, Boston College
Here is a wonderfully informative and inspiring treatment of new and traditional Christian understandings of suffering. Six outstanding Catholic thinkers give us God grounded insights into scriptural, theological and spiritual understandings of suffering. The writing is accessible and the scholarship is deep and original. Take and read.
- Sidney Callahan, The Hastings Center