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The Suffering of the Impassible God


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Introduction ; 1. Testing the fall into Hellenistic philosophy theory ; 2. The function of divine impassibility in patristic theology ; 3. The reality of Christ's suffering defended in the struggle with Docetism ; 4. Patripassian controversy: the Son, not God the Father, is the subject of the Incarnation ; 5. The orthodox response to Arianism: involvement in suffering does not diminish Christ's divinity ; 6. The case of Cyril against Nestorius: a theology of divine self-emptying ; Conclusion

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Paul L. Gavrilyuk is Assistant Professor of Historical Theology in the University of St Thomas, St Paul, Minnesota.


It is heartening to read a book that one agrees with and even more so when it is a scholarly work on a controversial issue. Gavrilyuk's monograph is just such a work. * Journal of Early Christian Studies *
Gavrilyuk has written an excellent book suitable not only for scholars but for students as well. * Journal of Early Christian Studies *

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