The doctrine of God’s impassibility may seem counterintuitive to many Christians today, but actually, impassibility is an essential belief of Christian orthodoxy. Impassibility was not only affirmed in the great confessions of faith throughout church history, but also defended as vital to the doctrine of God itself. But how does a theologian reconcile divine impassibility with the incarnation since Christ suffers on the cross? Contrary to caricatures, without impassibility the theologian will misunderstand the incarnation, including the deep love of God for sinners.
In this episode, Steven J. Duby joins Matthew Barrett to ask why our our doctrine of God suffers without the doctrine of impassibility and why we cannot retain a truly orthodox Christology without it.
Steven J. Duby is associate professor of theology at Phoenix Seminary, previously having taught at Grand Canyon University. He is the author of multiple books including, Jesus and the God of Classical Theism (Baker Academic, 2022). He lives in Phoenix, Arizona, with his wife, Jodi, and their three children.
Matthew Barrett is the author of Simply Trinity: The Unmanipulated Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (Baker). He is the founder and executive editor of Credo Magazine and host of the Credo podcast. He is associate professor of Christian theology at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.