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GOOD BOOKS ON GOD'S IMPASSIBILITY

02/06/2018

Pastor Martin,

I am reading James Dolezal's All that is in God and I want to pursue this subject further.

1. Could you list a dozen or so books that teach on the subjects that he covers in his book from the classical theism perspective?

2. I would also like to find a good popular level book on this topic that I could give to my wife and/or kids as I think that Dolezal's book may be a bit difficult for them.

3. Lastly, since there are a lot of bad books on the subject - could you point out a few that we should avoid?

Adam Waddle



Dear Brother Adam,

Thank you for your very good questions. I shall try to answer them in reference to books that CVBBS carries.

ENTRY LEVEL BOOKS CVBBS CARRIES:

Samuel Renihan, GOD WITHOUT PASSIONS: A PRIMER
(A Practical and Pastoral Study of Divine impassibility)
Reformed Baptist Academic Press--the best intro

John MacArthur, NONE OTHER (Discovering the God of the Bible); Reformation Trust--several pages on God's
impassibility

Garry Williams, HIS LOVE ENDURES FOREVER (Reflections on the Immeasurable Love of God); Crossway--many pages interwoven on God's immutability

Mark Jones, GOD IS (A Devotional Book on the Attributes of God); Crossway

OTHER ENTRY LEVEL MATERIALS CVBBS DOESN'T HAVE:

Fred Sanders, "The Gospel of the Glory of the Blessed
God"; REFORMATION 21; JANUARY, 2015; 24 pages in four parts

INTERMEDIATE LEVEL MATERIALS CVBBS CARRIES

Samuel Renihan, GOD WITHOUT PASSIONS: A READER
Reformed Baptist Academic Press

Ronald Baines, Richard Barcellos, James Butler, Stefan Lindblad and James Renihan, eds.; CONFESSING THE IMPASSIBLE GOD (The Biblical, Classical & Confessional Doctrine of Divine Impassibility); Reformed Baptist Academic Press

ADVANCED MATERIALS CVBBS DOES NOT CARRY:

James Dolezal, GOD WITHOUT PARTS (Divine Simplicity and the Metaphysics of God's Absoluteness); Pickwick Publications/Wipf & Stock

Paul Gavrilyuk, THE SUFFERING OF THE IMPASSIBLE GOD (The Dialectics of Patristic Theology); Oxford University Press

Thomas Weinandy, DOES GOD SUFFER ?; Notre Dame University Press--a classic study

Paul Helm, "The Impossibility of the Passibility of God" in THE POWER AND THE WEAKNESS OF GOD; edited by
Nigel M. de S. Cameron; Rutherford House Books; pp. 119-140

David Luy, DOMINUS MORTIS (Martin Luther on the Incorruptibility of God in Christ); Fortress Press--defends Luther against modern revisionists that say that Luther taught God's vulnerability and passibility. Luy teaches at TEDS.

I hope this gets you started.

As to those authors who have missed the orthodox position, steer clear of Ware, Oliphint, Stark, Grudem and others mentioned by Dolezal in footnotes.

Your Book Servant,

Steve Martin
ARBCA COORDINATOR
DEAN OF STUDENTS; IRBS SEMINARY IN TEXAS

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