Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Does God Suffer???

Does God Suffer?

At the recent SBL, Matthew R. Schlimm of Duke University gave this poster presentation, which really caught my eye. His research is forthcoming in the Catholic Biblical Quarterly, but Matthew was kind enough to send me his poster for posting both here and on the MAR-SBL WebSite. For the PDF/Acrobat file, which you can enlarge and see in detail, click here.

The conclusions? There is definitely shared suffering on the part of God! However, there are also some fascinating differences between the divine realm and the realm of human suffering. Comments welcome... (You can also contact Matt at the email address on the poster.)


Blogger Peter Carey said...


This is great. Have you shared it with Jeff Hensley? --He taught a seminar in theology last spring on "Does God Suffer?" which I heard was an excellent course ... !

Thanks for sharing this handout, very helpful and thought-provoking!


Tue Nov 28, 02:23:00 PM GMT-5  
Blogger S and C said...

Thanks, Peter. Yes, Jeff Hensely said that he uses Fretheim's book
in his course and that another author he uses, Weinandy I believe, critiques Heschel's
understanding of God's pathos. I would love to get further thoughts from Jeff once he has a chance to look at the full CBQ article. Peace, ---S.

Tue Nov 28, 02:48:00 PM GMT-5  

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