My Theological Pursuits<br />Laura Dolder<br />
God is Creator<br />Probably God does not change<br />God suffers with us (Then how is it that God does not change?)<br />...
God is all good; Sided with Aquinas that suffering has some ultimate good purpose<br />Disagreed with Aquinas and stuck to...
Agreed with Aquinas about how God is omnipotent and omniscient<br />God gives us free will<br />If God is all powerful, wh...
Final Paper<br />Does God suffer?<br />Is God unable to feel or understand human suffering?<br />If God suffers, is God ab...
Harold Kushner<br />When Bad Things Happen to Good People<br />Motivated by tragedy, he is unsatisfied by the common respo...
Ronald Goetz<br />“The Suffering God: The Rise of a New Orthodoxy”<br />Suffering God does not work, because it cannot hel...
Sources<br /><ul><li> Gloria Schaab
“A Procreative Paradigm of the Creative Suffering of the Triune God”
A God who suffers works well in Panentheism</li></li></ul><li>Marcel Sarot<br />“Divine Suffering: Continuity and Disconti...
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My theological pursuits

  1. 1. My Theological Pursuits<br />Laura Dolder<br />
  2. 2. God is Creator<br />Probably God does not change<br />God suffers with us (Then how is it that God does not change?)<br />God ultimately needs creation in order to experience God’s self<br />Feminine language captures God better than masculine language for me<br />Position Paper<br />
  3. 3. God is all good; Sided with Aquinas that suffering has some ultimate good purpose<br />Disagreed with Aquinas and stuck to previous beliefs that God needs creation<br />Struggled with how God can be unchanging, if God experiences suffering and evil<br />Scriptum Primum<br />
  4. 4. Agreed with Aquinas about how God is omnipotent and omniscient<br />God gives us free will<br />If God is all powerful, why does God not swoop in to interfere with life on Earth?<br />If people cannot be “truly happy” in this life, what is the point?<br />Scriptum Secondum<br />
  5. 5. Final Paper<br />Does God suffer?<br />Is God unable to feel or understand human suffering?<br />If God suffers, is God able to help us get through our suffering?<br />Why would an all-powerful God watch humans suffer and how could God remain happy as the world contains so much suffering?<br />
  6. 6. Harold Kushner<br />When Bad Things Happen to Good People<br />Motivated by tragedy, he is unsatisfied by the common response that God is loving and that God gives us hardships for some higher purpose<br />Seeks comfort and understanding about God’s part in our suffering<br />Sources<br />
  7. 7. Ronald Goetz<br />“The Suffering God: The Rise of a New Orthodoxy”<br />Suffering God does not work, because it cannot help those who suffer<br />Sources<br />
  8. 8. Sources<br /><ul><li> Gloria Schaab
  9. 9. “A Procreative Paradigm of the Creative Suffering of the Triune God”
  10. 10. A God who suffers works well in Panentheism</li></li></ul><li>Marcel Sarot<br />“Divine Suffering: Continuity and Discontinuity with the Tradition”<br />Sees flaws in suffering God who is powerless to help us and a God who does not care about our suffering<br />Seeks to find a middle ground<br />Sources<br />
  11. 11. Conclusion<br />

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