Divine Impassibility and Our Suffering God: How an Evangelical "Theology of the Cross" Can and Should Affirm Both

Monday, 06 Aug 2007

But the more we acknowledge the radical otherness and transcendence of God...., the more we will cherish, lift up, and worship Jesus Christ who is the incarnation of God, the Immanuel, or "God with and for us."
An important aspect of the Christian gospel that seeks to proclaim the love, mercy, and compassion of God is the affirmation of God's identification and solidarity with human suffering. A suffering humanity needs a God who knows what it means to suffer. The church has traditionally met this need by emphasizing the passion and death of Jesus Christ. Especially in the theology of the Reformation, a "theology of the cross" sought to recognize God's self-revelation hidden in the humility, shame, and suffering of the cross of Jesus Christ. Through the theology ...

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