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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 Alienation of the Creator

The Alienation of the Creator

(p.207) 8 The Alienation of the Creator
The Creative Suffering of God

Paul S. Fiddes

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the argument from the nature of creaturely existence, one of the two main routes which theologians have taken to arrive at the idea of a hostile non-being which people and God confront. The first section deals with the conception of hostile non-being and creaturely existence. The last two sections explore the Alienation of the Creator both by moral evil and natural evil. It argues that both these concepts offer an experience of something strange to God, and cannot be understood as logical consequences of creation. The objectivity of hostile non-being lies in the strangeness of the situation to God, disrupting the harmony of life that he shares with the world.

Keywords:   hostile non-being, creaturely existence, moral evil, natural evil, Creator, alienation

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