God Is Impassible and Passionate: A Theology of Divine Emotion

Previous installments of this series have summarized the Classical Theist view (Part 1) and Open Theist view of divine emotional capacity (Part 2). Next, we took a closer look at the classical view as expressed among early Reformed and Puritan theologians, as well as modifications or refinements to that position in later Reformed writers (Part 3). In this last installment of the four-part series below, we draw from the insights of others and attempt to affirm that God is both impassible and passionate. One may say that God is “without passions” (impassible) yet full of feeling (passionate). We develop this thesis, first, by defining the idea of feeling or emotion. Subsequently, we explore the concepts of anthropomorphism and anthropopathism. After affirming that God has affective or emotive capacity analogous to humans created in his image, we consider whether such an affirmation can be consistent with God’s immutability and eternality. Finally, we attempt to show that our conclusions are not inconsistent with the Confession’s affirmation of divine impassibility. 

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