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The metaphysics of kenosis

Stephen T. Davis

in The Metaphysics of the Incarnation

Published in print January 2011 | ISBN: 9780199583164
Published online May 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191725647 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199583164.003.0006
                   The metaphysics of kenosis

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In the incarnation, did the Logos simply add a human nature to its divine nature, as classical defenders of the incarnation traditionally claim? Or did the Logos temporarily give up or set aside those divine properties that are inconsistent with humanness, as kenotic defenders of the incarnation claim? The chapter constitutes a defence, at the metaphysical level, of the second option. Such terms as substance, property, person, nature, and others are explored. After explaining one possible kenotic theory of the incarnation, various objections are considered.

Keywords: kenosis; personhood; divine nature; human nature; reduplication; Nestorianism; compositionalism

Chapter.  8757 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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