Martin Luther and Buddhism: Aesthetics of Suffering

By Paul S. Chung

A fruitful examination of the Lutheran theology of suffering in the context of the spiritual traditions of Asia.

ISBN: 9780227172940


Martin Luther and Buddhism: Aesthetics of Suffering carefully traces the historical and theological context of Luther’s breakthrough in terms of articulating justification and justice in connection to the Word of God and divine suffering. Chung critically and constructively engages in dialogue with Luther and with later interpreters of Luther such as Barth and Moltmann, placing the Reformer in dialogue not only with Asian spirituality and religions but also with an emerging global theology of religions.

Additional information

Dimensions 229 × 153 mm
Pages 472

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About the Author

Paul S. Chung is Associate Professor of Mission and World Christianity at Luther Seminary, Minnesota. He regularly publishes articles in religious journals. He is primarily interested in extending and deepening the horizons of Reformation theology in an Asian inter-religious context.


Foreword by Jürgen Moltmann
Preface to the Second Edition

1. Martin Luther in the Context of Poverty and Religious Pluralism
2. The Uniqueness of Luther’s Life and Theology
3. Martin Luther and the Doctrine of Justification in Context
4. Luther and Theology of the Cross in Context
5. Luther and Asian Theology of Trinity
6. Luther and Asian Eucharistic Theology
7. Re-visitation of Martin Luther and Karl Barth in Interreligious Dialogue
8. Conclusion

Afterword: The Theologia Crucis and the Aesthetics of Suffering in Postmodern Divinity
Glossary of Technical Terms


Endorsements and Reviews

After reading I put this book down with great surprise and decided to encourage students and anyone interested in theology in Europe, America and Asia to urgently and repeatedly read it.
Jurgen Moltmann, University of Tubingen

… a fascinating attempt to develop an emancipation theology of religions in the Asian context of poverty and suffering as well as of religious plurality.
Ulrich Duchrow, University of Heidelberg