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HISTORY of Christian Theology

In ancient Greek and Roman philosophy this term refers to both feelings and suffering because our superior rational mind suffers from being moved by emotion. Accordingly, passions were viewed as a vice and weakness. Accordingly, ancient moralist viewed passion as the primary evil to overcome similarly to the way modern moralist view selfishness as the fundamental problem of society. The idea that God was without passion (love, anger etc.) was accepted as true by theologians with the increased Hellenization of the ancient Church. See impassibility.

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