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April 30, 2015


Deacon Mikias Asres

The Article is so awesome.... it give a wise perspectives... but can you provide me the "Book" from which St. Anthony the Great is quoted? or at least can you direct me through the link? Thank you very much.

Mikias Asres

Mark Northey

Thank you for this Q&A, Brad.

I have never really understood Divine impassibility correctly. I liked it when used to move us away from an "angry God", yet grew uncomfortable with the implication that God does not "suffer with us."
As I've heard Met. Kallistos Ware say, this is not the picture we get from the Scriptures. (Instead he argues this sort of impassibility is imported from Aristotle, and is something in need of correction. Met. Kallistos suggests that it can be corrected by discarding the assumption that 'emotion' or feeling can only be caused (externally). I dont know if this solves our problem, but seems to arrive close to what Fr John Behr is saying).

Roger Haydon Mitchell

I must admit that I find the whole idea of God's impassibility really weird. It seems to come from elsewhere than the person of Christ who was moved with compassion by sickness and snorted with anger at death. I begin with the assumption that there is no other God than one like Jesus. "If you have seen me, you have seen the Father" is the whole deal as far as I get it!

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