The Impassibility of God

Volume 9, Issue 1, 2019

Does God experience emotional change? Is he subject to mood swings like his creatures? And does God suffer like we do? In the history of the church, Christians have answered with an emphatic “No!” Since God is immutable, he must also be impassible. But lately, evangelicals have changed their tune in an attempt to make God far more relational and immanent. In this issue, a case is made for divine impassibility, one that refuses to turn God into a victim, or make him vulnerable to emotional fluctuation and suffering. With contributions from top pastors and scholars, this issue goes back to the scriptures which portray God as so infinite, so maximally alive, so immutably perfect, that he must be a God of impassibility.

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