Sunday, July 13, 2008

McCabe on the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob

"by contrast with this biblical God, the God spoken of by those who insist on God's participation in the history of his people, sharing their experiences, their sufferings and triumphs, is perilously like one of the gods."

     Herbert McCabe, God matters (New York: Continuum, 2005 [1987]) , 42.  Cf. David Bentley Hart:
when all is said and done, the idea of a God who becomes through suffering passions, whose being is determined in a history, according to 'encounters' with other realities, even realities he creates, is simply a metaphysical myth, a mere supreme being, but not the source of all being.  To wax vaguely Heideggerian, he is a God on this side of the ontological difference.
"No shadow of turning:  on divine impassibility" (2002), in The hidden and the manifest:  essays in theology and metaphysics (Grand Rapids, MI:  Eerdmans, 2017), 51 (45-69).

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