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
POSTED July 18, 2019
Can God change like that?
Can God stop caring about His creation?
The answer depends on what God is like
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?
Logos Institute booklet,
St Andrews University, 2019
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.
At the request of my little sister, I have started turning some of my academic papers into short stories that are easier to read.