“There Is No Pain, You Are Misreading”: Is God “Comfortably Numb”?

The article below raises the question of how one should interpret affective or emotive responses predicated of God in Scripture. The classical response to this question is explored using the divine grief over human sin and misery highlighted in Genesis 6:6 as a “test case.” It is noted that many classic theists deny that affections or emotions may be properly (formally) predicated of God. Instead, they argue, such affections or emotions should be understood as “anthropathic” expressions and interpreted metaphorically to refer to God’s actions rather than his attitudes. Yet, at times these writers appear to equivocate (i.e., deny that God has affections, yet affirm that he has affections). Part of the reason may reside in the fact that many classic theists give greater emphasis to the dissimilarity between divine and human affections than the similarity. Later Reformed theologians note this and attempt to give more emphasis to a positive affirmation of God’s affections and emotional capacity.

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