There is a Christian doctrine that most theologians affirmed up until the 19thCentury. Recent proponents of this doctrine claim that if you deny this doctrine you are an idolater, or even an atheist. Some theologians make it sound as if Christianity lives or dies with this doctrine. What doctrine is this that elicits such strong rhetoric? Perhaps you think the answer has something to do with Jesus Christ, or a major biblical teaching. Surprisingly, the answer has nothing to do with either. The answer that I am referring to is the doctrine of divine simplicity.  

The Doctrine of Divine Simplicity
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There is a Christian doctrine that most theologians affirmed up until the 19thCentury. Recent proponents of this doctrine claim that if you deny this doctrine you are an idolater, or even an atheist. Some theologians make it sound as if Christianity lives or dies with this doctrine. What doctrine is this that elicits such strong rhetoric? Perhaps you think the answer has something to do with Jesus Christ, or a major biblical teaching. Surprisingly, the answer has nothing to do with either. The answer that I am referring to is the doctrine of divine simplicity.  

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POSTED July 18, 2019

Can God change like that?

Can God stop caring about His creation?

The answer depends on what God is like

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One might look at the violence and evil in the world, and ask if God still cares about truth, beauty, and goodness. (Habakkuk 1:2-4)

Can God change?
Can God change?

One might look at the violence and evil in the world, and ask if God still cares about truth, beauty, and goodness. (Habakkuk 1:2-4)

Can God change like that?

Can God stop caring about His creation?

The answer depends on what God is like

Logos Institute booklet,
St Andrews University, 2019 

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This is a version of a short story that I first presented at a conference on personal and non-personal conceptions of God. In the story, three friends debate God's emotional life, and consider different views on the nature of God. 

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At the request of my little sister, I have started turning some of my academic papers into short stories that are easier to read.

The emotional life of the eternal God

At the request of my little sister, I have started turning some of my academic papers into short stories that are easier to read. This is a version of a short story that I first presented at a conference on personal and non-personal conceptions of God. In the story, three friends debate God's emotional life, and consider different views on the nature of God. 

As Presented at the workshop "Personal and A-Personal
Conceptions of God"
(Innsbruck, Austria) 2018

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My Edinburgh Fringe Festival Show

"Is God a psychopath?"

has a 4 stars review on Broadwaybaby!

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Mullins is a brilliant engager, delighting in the chance to answer questions and open the door for more thoughtful interpretations.