Is suffering worthwhile? Rethinking the meaning of Job’s sufferings from the philosophical and Christian religious faith perspective

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This paper attempts to discuss the cause of the suffering of the good man, Job in the Christian religious faith from a Philosophical perspective and to argue for his case by using the human faculty of reasoning. But since Job is also a Biblical figure in the Old Testament, some specific references would be made from the standpoint of theology in the Christian faith tradition. In the final section of the paper, some reference points are cited by the author accordingly, which relate to the issue of why children suffer for the reader to further meditate. Implications for educational issues underpinned by the two streams of philosophical thoughts are drawn forth.
本論文嘗試透過人的思考模式從哲學的角度探討基督宗教裹的聖經義人約伯受苦的因由。但約伯既然是舊約聖經中的人物,論文亦會從基督宗教的信仰立場作論述約伯時的參考。文章的最後部份會順情論及幼童為何亦會無故受苦的題案,筆者會引入事例提供讀者作進一步的思索。繼而撰寫的是兩種源自不同哲學根源所引伸及的教育問題。 Copyright © 2012 The Hong Kong Institute of Education.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)78-91
JournalHong Kong Journal of Early Childhood
Volume11
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2012

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Lau, G. (2012). Is suffering worthwhile? Rethinking the meaning of Job’s sufferings from the philosophical and Christian religious faith perspective. Hong Kong Journal of Early Childhood, 11(1/2), 78-91.

Keywords

  • Alt. title: 受苦豈是有益?從哲學及基督宗教信仰的觀點再思考約伯受苦的意義