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Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)




During the patristic era, theology dealt with the problem of how to explain the union of the two natures in Christ without losing the impassible nature of God. Today, the understanding of God as impassible is no longer absolute in light of present human suffering. To gain a better understanding of God as passible, the following areas will be examined: the patristic view and the contemporary critique of divine impassibility, the African context and the reconstruction of African Christology via inculturation and liberation. The concept of God as passible can make a significant difference in the lives of Christians. This passibility is revealed in the suffering Christ. Thus, a theology of a passible God is appropriate, not only for the African context, but also for the entire Christian world.

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