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The Suffering of the Impassible God

Paul L. Gavrilyuk

Published in print March 2004 | ISBN: 9780199269822
Published online November 2004 | e-ISBN: 9780191601569 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199269823.001.0001

Series: Oxford Early Christian Studies

The Suffering of the Impassible God

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Major reconsideration of the notion of divine impassibility in patristic thought. It is commonly claimed that patristic theology fell prey to the assumption of Hellenistic philosophy about the impassibility of God and departed from the allegedly biblical view, according to which God is passible. The author argues that this standard view misrepresents the tradition. For the fathers, the attribute of divine impassibility functioned in a restricted sense as an apophatic qualifier of divine emotions. Gavrilyuk construes the development of patristic thought as a series of dialectical turning points taken to safeguard the paradox of God’s voluntary and salvific suffering in the incarnation.

Keywords: Arian; Arianism; christology; Cyril of Alexandria; divine emotions; Docetic; Docetism; impassibility; incarnation; kenosis; Nestorian controversy; Nestorius; Patripassianism; Sabellianism; self-emptying; suffering of God

Book.  222 pages. 

Subjects: Early Christianity

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Introduction in The Suffering of the Impassible God

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Docetism Resisted: Christ's Suffering is Real in The Suffering of the Impassible God

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