Divine Pathos by RobertCharles

Pathos, which the divine apatheia excludes, means both ‘suffering’, in our sense of pain or calamity, and also ‘passion’, in the sense of emotion, whether pleasurable or painful. The connecting thought is passivity. Suffering is what comes upon one, against one’s will. It is something of which one is a passive victim. Thus suffering is a mark of weakness and God is necessarily above suffering. But, for the Greeks, one is also passive when one is moved by the passions or emotions. To be moved by desire or fear or anger is to be affected by something outside the self, instead of being self-determining. Again this is weakness and so God must be devoid of emotion. To suffer or to feel is to be subject to pain or emotion and the things that cause them. God cannot be subject to anything.

The divine impassibility is also closely connected with other aspects of the Greek understanding of God. Suffering is connected with time, change and matter, which are features of this material world of becoming. But God is eternal in the sense of atemporal. He is also, of course, incorporeal. He is absolute, fully actualized perfection, and therefore simply is eternally what he is

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  • ys-eye
    ys-eyeabout 6 years ago

    You have a way with Halls and Archways…

  • thanks Y

    – RobertCharles

  • 2xfocus
    2xfocusabout 6 years ago

    stunning light, colour and vanishing point.

  • thanks leanne :-)

    – RobertCharles

  • mindarella
    mindarellaabout 6 years ago

    wowser…where is this? awesome

  • Christ Church Cathedral, Victoria

    – RobertCharles

  • mindarella
    mindarellaabout 6 years ago

    what????? now ya see…you do have an eye for this…I have been in this cathedral a million times…coolll

  • eelsblueEllen
    eelsblueEllenabout 6 years ago

    I love that DOOR at the end, great entry for my challenge! Good luck!!

  • thank you :-)

    – RobertCharles

  • Wendi Donaldson
    Wendi Donaldsonabout 6 years ago

    Brilliant capture.

  • thanks wendy :-)

    – RobertCharles

  • Tim Wright
    Tim Wrightabout 6 years ago

    Very, very nice shot! (would fit well in the Vanishing Points group.

  • RobertCharles
    RobertCharlesabout 6 years ago

    thanks for the tip timothy – done :-)

  • Scott  d'Almeida
    Scott d'Almeidaabout 6 years ago


  • thanks scott. . .

    – RobertCharles

  • ZeeZeeshots
    ZeeZeeshotsabout 6 years ago

    WOW!!! Amazing Shot!!!

  • thanks zoraida (interesting name) – i like your enthusiasm :-)

    – RobertCharles

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