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Creative Suffering of the Triune GodAn Evolutionary Theology$
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Gloria L. Schaab

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195329124

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195329124.001.0001

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 God in a Suffering Cosmos

 God in a Suffering Cosmos

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(p.11) 1 God in a Suffering Cosmos
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Creative Suffering of the Triune God
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Gloria L. Schaab (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195329124.003.0002

Chapter 1 explores the state of the question of divine passibility in contemporary theology. After reviewing some of the contemporary critiques of a theology of the suffering of God, it recounts and analyzes several representative proposals toward a theology of the suffering of God that are distinct in their hermeneutical approaches: the biblical theology of Jürgen Moltmann, the liberation theology of Jon Sobrino, the process theology of Daniel Day Williams, and the feminist‐ecological theology of Sallie McFague. Despite the viability of each of these proposals within their specific hermeneutical perspectives, there are limitations in each of these proposals for a theology of divine suffering that is broader than biblical revelation, truly cosmocentric, consistent with the doctrine of God as Trinity, and able to preserve essential distinctions between the Creator and the creation. This chapter concludes by delineating why the evolutionary theology of Arthur Peacocke provides the basis for such an approach.

Keywords:   suffering of God, passibility, Jürgen Moltmann, Sallie McFague, Jon Sobrino, Daniel Day Williams, Arthur Peacocke

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