Exploring Kenotic Christology: The Self-Emptying of God

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This book, written by a team of Christian philosophers, theologians, and biblical scholars, explores the viability of a kenotic account of the incarnation. It is an attempt to make sense of the traditional Christian claim that Jesus of Nazareth was both human and divine by developing the idea that to become human God the Son temporarily emptied himself of some of his divine attributes. Such a view of Jesus does full justice to the very human portraits of him found in the gospels, and it shows the depths of a divine love that is willing fully to embrace the human condition.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199283224
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 7/13/2006
  • Pages: 368
  • Product dimensions: 8.60 (w) x 5.30 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

C. Stephen Evans is University Professor of Philosophy and Humanities, Baylor University.

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Table of Contents

1 Introduction : understanding Jesus the Christ as human and divine 1
2 The New Testament and kenosis Christology 25
3 The odyssey of Christ : a novel context for Philippians 2:6-11 45
4 Nineteenth-century kenotic Christology : the waxing, waning, and weighing of a quest for a coherent orthodoxy 74
5 Is kenosis orthodox? 112
6 A kenotic Christological method for understanding the divine attributes 139
7 Trinity and kenosis 165
8 Kenotic Christology and the nature of God 190
9 'He descended into hell' : the depths of God's self-emptying love on Holy Saturday in the thought of Hans Urs von Balthasar 218
10 Does kenosis rest on a mistake? : three kenotic models in patristic exegesis 246
11 The logic of assumption 265
12 Kenosis and feminist theory 291
13 Conclusion : the promise of kenosis 313
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