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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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 Evolution and Divine Suffering

 Evolution and Divine Suffering

(p.141) 5 Evolution and Divine Suffering
Creative Suffering of the Triune God

Gloria L. Schaab (Contributor Webpage)

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Key concepts in the evolutionary theology provide primary grounding for an affirmation of divine suffering. Chapter 5 explores six elements that factor significantly into a proposal of divine passibility: the costly process of evolution, the reality of cosmic indeterminacy, God‐world interaction through whole‐part influence, the notion of the anthropic universe, the transcendent and immanent creativity of God, and the panentheistic paradigm of the God‐world relationship. It analyzes each element specifically in terms of its impact on a theology of the creative suffering of the Triune God. It concludes by analyzing the proposal of suffering in God according to the criteria delineated in chapter 4.

Keywords:   evolution, indeterminacy, whole‐part influence, top‐down causation, Creator, panentheism, Trinity, suffering, fecundity, pastoral efficacy

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