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God, Suffering, and Disability: A Trinitarian Theodicy of the Cross utilizes both Christological and pneumatological perspectives of Luther’s theology of the cross to address the complexities of suffering and disability. Through the lens of the cross, the God who suffers enables humans to “call a thing what it is” by recognizing the suffering that often accompanies disability. Rather than asking “why” the Triune God allows people to suffer, this theodicy of disability focuses on “where” the Father, Son, and Spirit are in that very human experience. As a new theodic construct, “a Trinitarian theodicy of the cross” responds to both the theological concerns of the church and the theoretical apprehensions of society. It encourages Christians to live as theologians of the cross, empowers the faith community by informing both its theology and praxis, and provides a theoretical response to secular society that will enrich the field of disability studies.
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About the Author
Mary Schaefer Fast (PhD. Regent University) is a theologian and ordained Lutheran pastor with more than twenty years of experience in professional ministry, serving congregations and specialized ministries in both Nebraska and South Dakota.
Table of ContentsAn Introduction: God, Suffering, and Disability
1. Interpreting Disability and Suffering: The Quadrilateral Model
2. Assessing Existing Theodicies: Toward a Theodicy of Suffering and Disability
3. Exploring Christological Contours: Toward a Theodicy of the Cross
4. Evaluating Pneumatological Approaches: Toward a Trinitarian Theodicy of the Cross
5. Discovering God in Disability and Suffering: A Trinitarian Theodicy of the Cross
In Conclusion: The Mission Continues