Chapter

Overcoming Nothingness

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/9780198263470.003.0010

Series: Clarendon Paperbacks

Overcoming Nothingness

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This chapter describes the notion of ‘non-being’ or ‘negativity’ as an accompaniment to the notion of God as being, and explores some ways to overcome this nothingness. Non-being is a symbol for the suffering of God, evoking something alien that befalls God's relationship with is creation. The discussion notes two ways in which one can talk of God's negating the negative in the act of suffering it. First, to claim that God conquers non-being means that God is not destroyed by it when exposes his being into it. Instead, he uses it to define his being. Second, it means that the permanent impression of death upon God contributes to the life-giving quality of the being of God for his world.

Keywords: nothingness; non-being; negativity; Being; Christ; God

Chapter.  3193 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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