Is Kenotic Christology Orthodox?

Stephen T. Davis

in Christian Philosophical Theology

Published in print March 2006 | ISBN: 9780199284597
Published online May 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780191603778 | DOI:
Is Kenotic Christology Orthodox?

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There are two main theories to explain how incarnation was possible: classical christology and kenotic christology. This chapter defends one version of kenoticism. The biblical issue is: which theory best captures the Jesus that we find described in the Gospels? The philosophical issue is: in order to be “truly human”, must the Logos limit itself or divest itself of certain divine properties? Kenoticism is orthodox because it is consistent with Scripture (as seen in Philippians 2:1-11) and with classical creeds. Three objections to kenoticism are answered.

Keywords: incarnation; Christology; kenosis; scripture; tradition

Chapter.  9683 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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