A Theology of Suffering


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.

About the Author

J. Bryson Arthur has a PhD in Systematic Theology from the University of Glasgow, UK. He has taught extensively throughout the world and is founder and former president of Nazareth Evangelical Theological Seminary, Israel (now Nazareth Evangelical College). He currently serves as Head of the Honours Degree programme and Senior Lecturer in Systematic Theology at Mukhanyo Theological College, South Africa.

Book Information

ISBN: 9781783687824

Category: Global Perspectives, Theology

Region: World

Publishing Date: 2020-03-31

Number of pages: 244

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