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The Suffering of the Impassible GodThe Dialectics of Patristic Thought$
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Paul L. Gavrilyuk

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780199269822

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2004

DOI: 10.1093/0199269823.001.0001

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The Suffering of the Impassible God

Paul L. Gavrilyuk (Contributor Webpage)

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Many modern theologians advocate the claim that God suffers and are convinced that divine impassibility is untenable on philosophical, exegetical, and broadly religious grounds. As a result, the scholars often interpret the patristic notion of divine apatheia as a Greek philosophical axiom the acceptance of which led to a distortion of the biblical image of the (allegedly) suffering God. This dominant interpretation is flawed. The problems with the unrestricted divine passibility are equally serious. Passibility and impassibility are correlative concepts, both of which must have their place in any sound account of divine agency. The introduction also provides a summary of the book.

Keywords:   apatheia, compassion, crucified God, crucifixion, dispassion, divine emotions, passibilism, providence, providential care, suffering of God, suffering with, theory of theology’s fall into Hellenistic philosophy

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