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"Roberto Sirvent argues powerfully that the call to imitate God in our actions is incompatible with the idea of divine impassibility found in much Christian philosophy. By exploring the biblical roots of imitatio Dei he demonstrates that it implies a God who can suffer with his creation, as a number of modern theologians have argued. An impassible God is not worth imitating! An important contribution to an ongoing debate, unusual in combining both doctrinal and biblical expertise in a creative way."
--John Barton, Oriel and Laing Professor of the Interpretation of the Holy Scripture, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK
"A new and powerful argument for the passibility of God, as well as an incisive analysis of the concepts of divine love and compassion. A book of spiritual force and intellectual acuteness."
--Keith Ward, Regius Professor of Divinity emeritus, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK
"Admirably clear and accessible, Roberto Sirvent's Embracing Vulnerability elegantly marshals an impressive array of resources to demonstrate the dissonance between the doctrine of divine impassibility and the common Judeo-Christian conviction that human beings ought to imitate God. Ambitious in scope yet appropriately circumspect in its claims, the volume deftly delineates the ethical implications for Christians of their conception of God, and thereby calls Christians to think morally about their theology. An insightful and important argument."
--Frederick Simmons, Assistant Professor of Ethics, Yale Divinity School, New Haven, CT
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