Suffering leads to many different struggles, not just physical. Sometimes the struggle is spiritual. How can we cope? How we respond to suffering can often lead to ethical questions. How far should we go to relieve the pain? Why? And then there are questions about God. Why does he allow pain and suffering? Why does he let terrible things happen? Does it make sense to believe in a loving God in the midst of a disaster? These are some of the questions I’ve tried to grapple with in these writings.
Dónal P. O’Mathúna, “Christian theology and disasters: Where is God in all this?” in Disasters: Core Concepts and Ethical Theories. Edited by Dónal P. O’Mathúna, Vilius Dranseika, & Bert Gordijn, pp. 27-42. Cham: Springer, 2018.
Dónal P. O’Mathúna, “‘Why me, God?’ Understanding Suffering,” Ethics & Medicine 15.2 (Summer 1999): 44-52.