The Alienation of the Living 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:

Series: Clarendon Paperbacks

The Alienation of the Living God

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This chapter considers the second major route of thought to an encounter with the enemy of non-being — the argument from the nature of divine life. It asks whether there is any non-being spoken about which really challenges divine life and whether terms such as ‘kenosis’, ‘self-sacrifice’, ‘alienation’, and ‘death’ are justified The first section surveys Hegel's view that the divine life generates the negative. The second section looks at Thomas Altizer's view that the divine life annihilates itself. The last section explores Paul Tillich's claim that non-being activates the divine life.

Keywords: divine life; Hegel; Thomas Altizer; Paul Tillich; non-being; kenosis; alienation; living God; self-sacrifice

Chapter.  14476 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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