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Does God suffer? Is he imperfect if he does? What about human suffering? Does God relate to it, or is he distant? This is perhaps the most important theological topic confronting the church and her theologians today. This book, Divine Impassibility and the Mystery of Human Suffering is a collection of essays by an ecumenical selection of theologians that addresses varying aspects of divine and human suffering. Contributors include Bruce L. McCormack, James F. Keating, Thomas Joseph White, and Gary Culpepper. Topics include the problem of language in talking about "immutability", analogical studies into the paradox of the suffering human Christ who remains impassible, and studies on the Christologies of Thomas Aquinas and Karl Barth.
Does God suffer? If not, or if so, how does the mystery of God relate to the mystery of human suffering? Renowned contemporary Christian theologians Catholic, Protestant, and Orthodox here discuss and debate the controversial question of Gods impassibility.
James F. Keating is associate professor of theology at Providence College in Providence, Rhode Island.
Thomas Joseph White, O.P., is a Dominican priest and an instructor in theology on the Pontifical Faculty of the Immaculate Conception at the Dominican House of Studies in Washington, D.C.