Why Can’t the Impassible God Suffer? Analytic Reflections on Divine Blessedness

TheoLogica: An International Journal for Philosophy of Religion and Philosophical Theology 2 (1):3-22 (2018)
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Abstract

According to classical theism, impassibility is said to be systematically connected to divine attributes like timelessness, immutability, simplicity, aseity, and self-sufficiency. In some interesting way, these attributes are meant to explain why the impassible God cannot suffer. I shall argue that these attributes do not explain why the impassible God cannot suffer. In order to understand why the impassible God cannot suffer, one must examine the emotional life of the impassible God. I shall argue that the necessarily happy emotional life of the classical God explains why the impassible God cannot suffer.

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R. T. Mullins
Palm Beach Atlantic College

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