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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 Death of God

The Death of God

(p.174) 7 The Death of God
The Creative Suffering of God

Paul S. Fiddes

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses the ‘death of God’ theology, a dramatic way of speaking about a general consciousness of a loss of a sense of God. The first section asks whether God is necessary. The second section discusses the death of God as losing an image. The third section attempts to affirm the non-existence of God. The fourth section deals with facing the absence of God. The fifth section examines the death of God as the mode of his presence. The sixth section asks how God can suffer death. The last section reflects on the death of god as a breaking of relationships. The ‘death of God’ theologians note that it no longer appears evident that god is the necessary explanation for the world as it is. It is no longer an obvious assumption that God must be the cause of events.

Keywords:   God's necessity, God's death, non-existence, absence

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