When we realized that most of the resources we knew about on the “problem of suffering” were written by white Christian men, we asked our community for resources written by BIPOC, women, or non-Christians. We’ve put the full list of resources we collected below.
Some are theological or philosophical, some respond to specific events of suffering, some are more personal and reflective.
One of the issues, we realized, is that the marginalized tend not to think of suffering as a “problem” to be solved intellectually, but rather a simple fact of existence. For the marginalized, suffering isn’t a theological topic to ponder at arm’s length, but a lived experience out of which their theology springs.
- A Troubling in My Soul: Womanist Perspectives on Evil and Suffering, Emilie Townes, ed.
- Born from Lament: The Theology and Politics of Hope in Africa, by Emmanuel Katongole
- Call and Consequences: A Womanist Reading of Mark, by Raquel St. Clair
- Mirror to the Church: Resurrecting Faith After Genocide in Rwanda, by Emmanuel Katongole
- On Job: God-Talk and the Suffering of the Innocent, by Gustavo Gutierrez
- Raging with Compassion: Pastoral Responses to the Problem of Evil, by John Swinton
- Stand Your Ground: Black Bodies and the Justice of God, by Kelly Brown Douglas
- Suffering, by Dorothee Soelle
- This Too Shall Last: Finding Grace When Suffering Lingers, by K.J. Ramsey
- Wandering in Darkness: Narrative and the Problem of Suffering, by Eleonore Stump
- Why, Lord?: Suffering and Evil in Black Theology, by Anthony B. Pinn