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God’s Transcendence and Compassion

Mostert, Christiaan (2011) God’s Transcendence and Compassion. Pacifica, 24 (2). pp. 172-189. ISSN 1030-570X

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Abstract

This article considers the arguments for and against the notion that God suffers. It explores the theological arguments that support affirmations of divine impassibility and passibility respectively; especially as these are articulated in patristic discussions of divine apatheia and contemporary treatments by theologians such as David Bentley Hart and Robert Jenson. The article affirms the importance of reciprocity as a part of our understanding of the God-world relation and suggests that, from the perspective of time, the notion of divine suffering while not constituting the last word, nonetheless might be the “telling word” that the gospel compels us to use.

Item Type: Published Articles
Repository Version: Published Version
Keywords: 'suffering God', Transcendence, Compassion
Fields of Research: 22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2203 Philosophy > 220315 Philosophy of Religion
22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2204 Religion and Religious Studies > 220401 Christian Studies (incl. Biblical Studies and Church History)
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970122 Expanding Knowledge in Philosophy and Religious Studies
Type of Activity: Pure Basic Research
Subjects: A - Philosophy
C - Systematic Theology
College/Association with University of Divinity: UFT-UCTC: United Faculty of Theology - Uniting Church Theological College
Depositing User: Repository Manager
Date Deposited: 16 Jul 2012 00:35
Last Modified: 05 Dec 2014 03:03
URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/221

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