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The Creative Suffering of God$
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Paul S. Fiddes

Print publication date: 1992

Print ISBN-13: 9780198263470

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198263470.001.0001

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Introduction: Questioning a Familiar Theme

Introduction: Questioning a Familiar Theme

(p.1) 1 Introduction: Questioning a Familiar Theme
The Creative Suffering of God

Paul S. Fiddes

Oxford University Press

This chapter briefly deals with the weakness of God and the universal scope of God's suffering. The first section examines the basic issues of the supreme and universal suffering of God. One conclusion that may be drawn too quickly from the idea of a suffering God is that this results in a God who is helpless and inactive in the world. The second conclusion often drawn is that if God suffers supremely and universally, he cannot also suffer uniquely in the cross of Jesus. The second section looks into this problem of uniqueness looking at Jürgen Moltmann and his works. The third section presents four major contributions to the present debate: the Kreuzestheologie in Germany, American ‘process philosophy’, ‘death of God’ theology, and the heirs of the so-called classical theism.

Keywords:   uniqueness, supreme suffering, Jürgen Moltmann, death of God, Kreuzestheologie, process philosophy, classical theism

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