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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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The God who Suffers and Remains God

The God who Suffers and Remains God

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(p.110) 5 The God who Suffers and Remains 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/9780198263470.003.0005

This chapter pays attention to the need to hold one's beliefs in the suffering of God and the transcendence of God together. The first section deals with suffering in the ‘economic’ Trinity as viewed by Karl Barth. Barth conceives of two dimensions of impassable essence and suffering action in terms of the traditional doctrine of the immanent and the economic Trinity. The second section looks at process theology in order to examine suffering in the worldly aspect of God. This process thought proposes a dipolarity of absolute and contingent aspects in God. The third section surveys Moltmann's views regarding the suffering of God in his transcendence. It examines his attempt to unify the two dimensions of God's transcendence and worldly action into a single experience of suffering.

Keywords:   process theology, transcendence, Karl Barth, economic Trinity, Moltmann, worldly action

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