Date of Award

Spring 2020

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts in Theological Studies (MATS)


Barnett College of Ministry & Theology


Department of Christian Ministries and Religion

Primary Advisor

Dr. Alan J. Ehler

Second Advisor

Dr. Kenneth J. Archer


The issues surrounding the debate of the aspect of God's passibility versus impassibility are important enough to give the topic its due respect and attention. Engaging with the debate itself promises to grant the hearer revelation of the nuances of who God is and how He works in the world. This author will in the end argue for divine passibility, but the intent of this work is not to stake a claim in the debate or merely contribute some nuance to one side of the discussion. Rather, it is to discover more richly a biblical, theological and pastoral vision for a God who is in relationship with human beings. Historical and modem perspectives across the spectrum of the discussion will be considered while giving attention to biblical/theological touchpoints for the subject and some major concerns for how the topic is approached.