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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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Why Believe in a Suffering God?

Why Believe in a Suffering God?

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(p.16) 2 Why Believe in a Suffering God?
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The Creative Suffering of God
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Paul S. Fiddes

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198263470.003.0002

The belief that God is a suffering God has become compelling for recent theology. Centuries of traditional belief about the impassability and the immutability of God have been overturned in this age. This chapter reviews the ways in which recent theology has come to its convictions about a suffering God, noting four main themes for the change in mind in Christendom. The first section examines the meaning of the love of God. The next section explores the central place of the cross of Jesus within Christian faith. The third section looks into the problem of human suffering. The fourth section looks at the overall modern picture.

Keywords:   love of God, cross, human suffering, Jesus, immutability of God

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