Chapter

Limited Power and Knowledge

James L. Crenshaw

in Defending God

Published in print May 2005 | ISBN: 9780195140026
Published online July 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780199835607 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195140028.003.0005
 Limited Power and Knowledge

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The deity’s role in human affairs need not be determinative, for people are not automatons. To endow them with the dignity of self-expression, God is said to impose limits on his own power and knowledge. The onerous consequences of freedom gave birth to an axiom that the prophets Jeremiah and Ezekiel tried to defuse: “The parents have eaten sour grapes and the children’s teeth are sensitive.” Freedom implies the possibility of saying “no” to God, a rejection that contributed to divine pathos. The depth of God’s suffering is beautifully documented by Hosea and Third Isaiah.

Keywords: automaton; dignity; self-expression; limits; power; knowledge; freedom; axiom; pathos; prophets

Chapter.  4581 words. 

Subjects: Biblical Studies

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