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Defending GodBiblical Responses to the Problem of Evil$
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James L. Crenshaw

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780195140026

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2005

DOI: 10.1093/0195140028.001.0001

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Limited Power and Knowledge

Limited Power and Knowledge

Accentuating Human Freedom

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(p.75) 4 Limited Power and Knowledge
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Defending God
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James L. Crenshaw

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0195140028.003.0005

The deity’s role in human affairs need not be determinative, for people are not automatons. To endow them with the dignity of self-expression, God is said to impose limits on his own power and knowledge. The onerous consequences of freedom gave birth to an axiom that the prophets Jeremiah and Ezekiel tried to defuse: “The parents have eaten sour grapes and the children’s teeth are sensitive.” Freedom implies the possibility of saying “no” to God, a rejection that contributed to divine pathos. The depth of God’s suffering is beautifully documented by Hosea and Third Isaiah.

Keywords:   automaton, dignity, self-expression, limits, power, knowledge, freedom, axiom, pathos, prophets

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