The Suffering of God? The Divine Love and the Problem of Suffering in Classical and Process-Relational Theisms.
Not quite twenty-five years ago, theologian Ronald Goetz surveyed the landscape of late twentieth-century theology to find that “the ancient theopaschite heresy that God suffers has, in fact, become the new orthodoxy.” The shifting commitments and methodological assumptions contributing to this seemingly radical reorientation of Christian thought concerning the doctrine of God are varied and complex, but we might consider a few important questions to discern whether the theopaschite trend in contemporary theology powerfully and faithfully speaks good news in our time, and whether it does so more effectively than the classical doctrine of divine impassibility.
“The Suffering of God? The Divine Love and the Problem of Suffering in Classical and Process- Relational Theisms.” 2010 John Templeton Award for Theological Promise Laureates Colloquium. University of Heidelberg, Germany, May 2010.