Christian consolation and theology’s task today

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Rebekah Lamb


Framed by Isaiah 41, this article proposes a theology of consolation which does not seek to dismiss or minimize the reality of suffering. Instead, the centrality of the cross in Christian theology dignifies human experiences of suffering, frailty and even mortality, such as those that face us in a time of COVID-19. And yet, because the crucifixion births resurrection, Christian consolation can offer more than dignity and understanding, it also offers real hope and meaning in and through suffering.

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