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


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.

About the Author

SATANUN BOONYAKIAT is from Thailand and earned his PhD in Theology (Theology and Culture) from Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, California, USA. He serves as assistant president and chaplain of Payap University, Chaing Mai, Thailand, as well as lecturing at the university’s divinity school, McGilvary College of Divinity.

Book Information

ISBN: 9781783687862

Category: Academic, Global Perspectives, Theology

Region: Asia

Publishing Date: 2020-06-30

Number of pages: 196

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