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Why Believe in a Suffering God?

Paul S. Fiddes

in The Creative Suffering of God

Published in print September 1992 | ISBN: 9780198263470
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191682568 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198263470.003.0002

Series: Clarendon Paperbacks

Why Believe in a Suffering God?

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The belief that God is a suffering God has become compelling for recent theology. Centuries of traditional belief about the impassability and the immutability of God have been overturned in this age. This chapter reviews the ways in which recent theology has come to its convictions about a suffering God, noting four main themes for the change in mind in Christendom. The first section examines the meaning of the love of God. The next section explores the central place of the cross of Jesus within Christian faith. The third section looks into the problem of human suffering. The fourth section looks at the overall modern picture.

Keywords: love of God; cross; human suffering; Jesus; immutability of God

Chapter.  13930 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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