Monday, 6 October 2014

Ecclectic Orthodoxy: The Good News of Apatheia, or Why God Doesn’t Need to be Unhappy Just Because We Are

Ecclectic Orthodoxy: The Good News of Apatheia, or Why God Doesn’t Need to be Unhappy Just Because We Are

'Just this last weekend I observed a young family enjoying a picnic. I watched one of the toddlers, a daughter, fall and scrape her knee. Unable to world-construct outside her pain, she let the entire park know of her suffering. Her father? As you might expect, his response didn’t include the slightest discomfort or loss of happiness. He turned to his daughter, moved in her direction, and with a big smile called her name and held out his arms. Why not meet her level of experienced suffering with some measure of suffering of his own? After all, love suffers when those loved suffer, right? Where’s the father’s suffering here? Shouldn’t he feel some slight dip in happiness? Some measurable loss of “aesthetic satisfaction”? We all know the answer is no, and we know why. He doesn’t suffer in the slightest because of his perspective on her suffering (assessing its consequences relative to what he believes to be her highest good and well-being).'



A guest post defending divine impassibility from outside the fold of Classic Theism.

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