Suffering Servant, Sovereign Lord: Can God Suffer?

Monday, 16 Jul 2007

Perhaps no traditional Christian doctrine has taken a greater bashing from modern theologians than the assertion that God is “impassible” by nature—that is, that he cannot experience suffering. Such a doctrine sounds to many people today as if God does not care about human life. And in the wake of the terrible persecutions of our time, particularly the Holocaust, the impassibility of God is frequently blamed for the church’s failure to make an adequate response. Taking their cue from men like Jürgen Moltmann, who lived through the destruction of European Jewry and who had some personal ...

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