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The God who Suffers and Remains 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/9780198263470.003.0005

Series: Clarendon Paperbacks

The God who Suffers and Remains God

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This chapter pays attention to the need to hold one's beliefs in the suffering of God and the transcendence of God together. The first section deals with suffering in the ‘economic’ Trinity as viewed by Karl Barth. Barth conceives of two dimensions of impassable essence and suffering action in terms of the traditional doctrine of the immanent and the economic Trinity. The second section looks at process theology in order to examine suffering in the worldly aspect of God. This process thought proposes a dipolarity of absolute and contingent aspects in God. The third section surveys Moltmann's views regarding the suffering of God in his transcendence. It examines his attempt to unify the two dimensions of God's transcendence and worldly action into a single experience of suffering.

Keywords: process theology; transcendence; Karl Barth; economic Trinity; Moltmann; worldly action

Chapter.  16063 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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