chapter  Chapter Six
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The God of the child and the God of Jesus

ByCarlos Domínguez-Morano

The child is forced to relinquish the fusion he has tried to keep and enter into a new situation, generally known as a “dual relationship”. The God of the child is a “magical-providence” God who is primarily available to gratify and to make the harshness of life bearable. The fear of the sacred is salient in the research work done on the concept of God during childhood. The God of the child ignores death, since the child denies death because of the wound it inflicts on narcissism. The God of Jesus, however, gives a place to death as a constituent part of human existence. The God of Jesus did not set His Son free from the conditions of human existence, and neither did he set him free from death as an essential moment of that same condition. Gethsemane expresses Jesus’ supreme fidelity to the God-love who gives himself and the exemplary victory over the God-power.