Arguably, the question of God's relation to suffering has constituted the greatest reason for large-scale abandonment of belief in God in the Western world. Traditionally, God has been understood to be immutable and impassible, above the changes and sufferings of this transient world; by definition, this is what a divine being is. Accordingly, only the second Person of the Trinity suffered, and then only in his human nature. In the last hundred years, especially in recent decades, this way of thinking about God has been subjected to sharp critique. What is at stake in this question? Does it matter much either way? Which side of the argument contains the greater 'good news' for us today?
||Thursday 4 October
||7.30 pm – 9.30 pm
||St Peter's Hall, Eastern Hill
||$15 (concession: $12)
||The Rev'd Christiaan Mostert|
Professor Mostert is professor of Systematic Theology in the Uniting Church Theological College and teacher in the United Faculty of Theology, Melbourne. He is a minister of Word and Sacrament in the Uniting Church in Australia and, before 1977, in the Presbyterian Church of Australia. Born in the Netherlands, he grew up in Tasmania, studied theology in Melbourne and Cambridge and was in parish ministry for 13 years. Following four years of missionary service in Korea (teaching theology), he has taught theology in Australia (Sydney and Melbourne) for 25 years. His doctorate is from the University of Sydney. He has been co-chair of the Joint Working Group of the Anglican and Uniting Churches in Australia and a member (and chair) of the Commission on Faith and Unity of the National Council of Churches in Australia. He will retire from full-time ministry at the end of 2012.
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