About the project
The research project Faith and Suffering focus on how the Christian faith relates to the problem of suffering. The point of departure are two critics to the way discussions on the classical problem of evil have taken place: firstly, in such discussions generally the reality of faith is left behind and the problem is only dealt on rational grounds, even though the problem also has spiritual dimensions according to the Biblical teaching; secondly, there is a crucial need that the answer provided to the problem of evil must also touch back our suffering reality, so it can be relevant to us in relieving the misery suffering brings to life. These two critics are the background for this study and they also provide its main framework: The relationship between faith and suffering.
As suffering is real and needs real answers the project will see how the relationship between faith and suffering takes place in a theoretical context, the Lutheran Theology, and in a practical context, the Brazilian Religious Culture. The research will then discuss how both findings can contribute towards a more relevant preaching of the Gospel in the Brazilian context. The emphasis on the preaching of the Gospel is because it is an important mark in the Christian faith and also for its concrete and practical aspects.
Master of theology