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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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Overcoming Nothingness

Overcoming Nothingness

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The Creative Suffering of God

Paul S. Fiddes

Oxford University Press

This chapter describes the notion of ‘non-being’ or ‘negativity’ as an accompaniment to the notion of God as being, and explores some ways to overcome this nothingness. Non-being is a symbol for the suffering of God, evoking something alien that befalls God's relationship with is creation. The discussion notes two ways in which one can talk of God's negating the negative in the act of suffering it. First, to claim that God conquers non-being means that God is not destroyed by it when exposes his being into it. Instead, he uses it to define his being. Second, it means that the permanent impression of death upon God contributes to the life-giving quality of the being of God for his world.

Keywords:   nothingness, non-being, negativity, Being, Christ, God

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