Chapter

Pain

Elaine Padilla

in Divine Enjoyment

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print December 2014 | ISBN: 9780823263561
Published online September 2015 | e-ISBN: 9780823266296 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.5422/fordham/9780823263561.003.0002
Pain

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The first chapter offers a sharp critique to Aristotle’s definition on eudemonia or happiness, in delineating arguments that challenge the classical theistic view that are found in early to contemporary Christian teachings of divine impassibility, and in ambiguously visualizing an image of a God of love amidst controversies and historical events. The reenergizing debates of authors like Jewish thinker Abraham J. Heschel, Jürgen Moltmann, and liberation theologian Jon Sobrino particularly confront the readers with a God who cannot love but by means of being enmeshed in the experience of human suffering caused by the atrocities committed over the course of the last centuries. So that the divine pathos is not misguidedly reduced to suffering, the chapter culminates, in conversation with Latin American feminism, with some initial promptings on a God capable of experiencing pleasurable suffering, birthing hope from within, and of generating festive forms of liberation.

Keywords: suffering; apatheia; immutability; pathos; joy; solidarity; deity; divinity; friend (friendship)

Chapter.  13349 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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