Exploring Kenotic Christology: The Self-Emptying of God

Exploring Kenotic Christology: The Self-Emptying of God

by C. Stephen Evans
     
 

ISBN-10: 0199283222

ISBN-13: 9780199283224

Pub. Date: 07/13/2006

Publisher: Oxford University Press

This collection of essays, by a team of Christian philosophers, theologians, and biblical scholars, explores the viability of a kenotic account of the incarnation. Such an account is inspired by Paul's lyrical claims in Philippians 2:6-11 that Christ Jesus, though God in nature, 'emptied himself' or 'made himself nothing' by becoming human. The biblical support for…  See more details below

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This collection of essays, by a team of Christian philosophers, theologians, and biblical scholars, explores the viability of a kenotic account of the incarnation. Such an account is inspired by Paul's lyrical claims in Philippians 2:6-11 that Christ Jesus, though God in nature, 'emptied himself' or 'made himself nothing' by becoming human. The biblical support for such a view can be found throughout the four gospels and the book of Hebrews, as well as in other places. A kenotic account takes seriously the possibility that Christ, in becoming incarnate, temporarily divested himself of such properties as omnipotence, omniscience, and omnipresence. Several of the contributors argue that this view is fully orthodox, and that it has great strengths in giving us a picture of a God who is willing to become completely vulnerable for the sake of human beings, and one that is completely consistent with the very human portrait of Jesus in the New Testament. The proponents of kenotic Christology argue that the philosophical accounts of God's nature that have led to rejection of this theory ought themselves to be subjected to criticism in light of the biblical data. Some essays test the theory by raising critical questions and arguing that traditional accounts of the incarnation can achieve the goals of kenotic theories as well as kenotic theories can. The book also explores the implications of a kenotic view of the incarnation for philosophical theology in general and the doctrine of the Trinity in particular, and it concludes with essays that examine the validity of the ideal of kenosis for women, and a challenge to traditional Christology to take a kenotic theory seriously.

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ISBN-13:
9780199283224
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
07/13/2006
Pages:
368
Product dimensions:
8.60(w) x 5.30(h) x 1.10(d)

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Table of Contents

1Introduction : understanding Jesus the Christ as human and divine1
2The New Testament and kenosis Christology25
3The odyssey of Christ : a novel context for Philippians 2:6-1145
4Nineteenth-century kenotic Christology : the waxing, waning, and weighing of a quest for a coherent orthodoxy74
5Is kenosis orthodox?112
6A kenotic Christological method for understanding the divine attributes139
7Trinity and kenosis165
8Kenotic Christology and the nature of God190
9'He descended into hell' : the depths of God's self-emptying love on Holy Saturday in the thought of Hans Urs von Balthasar218
10Does kenosis rest on a mistake? : three kenotic models in patristic exegesis246
11The logic of assumption265
12Kenosis and feminist theory291
13Conclusion : the promise of kenosis313

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