The Suffering of the Impassible God: The Dialectics of Patristic Thought
The Suffering of the Impassible God: The Dialectics of Patristic Thought provides a major reconsideration of the notion of divine impassibility in patristic thought. The question whether, in what sense, and under what circumstances suffering may be ascribed to God runs as a golden thread through such major controversies as Docetism, Patrispassianism, Arianism, and Nestorianism. Paul Gavrilyuk construes the development of patristic thought as a series of turning points taken to safeguard the paradox of God's voluntary suffering in the flesh. For the Fathers the attribute of divine impassibility functioned in a restricted sense as an apophatic qualifier of all divine emotions and as an indicator of God's full and undiminished divinity. The Fathers at the same time admitted qualified divine passibility of the Son of God within the framework of the Incarnation.
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