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After Ascension: The Body of Christ, Kenosis, and Divine Impassibility

Graham Ward

in Theology, Aesthetics, and Culture

Published in print September 2012 | ISBN: 9780199646821
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191744853 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199646821.003.0016
After Ascension: The Body of Christ, Kenosis, and Divine Impassibility

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This chapter examines Brown's observations on the Eucharistic body and the suggestive Christology that issues from those observations in the third section of God and Grace of Body. In a move away from bloodless Christologies that revolve around abstractions, Brown analyzes, liturgically, the materiality of the Eucharist and, Christologically, the continuing post-Ascension identity of Christ. Questions related to the post-Ascension identity of Christ issue from a context in which Brown has explored and continues to explore the doctrine of kenosis. This chapter then submits such kenotic analyses to a critique that has two lines of enquiry: first, a survey of Patristic Christological tradition; and, second, the notion of personal development in the Kingdom of God. It concludes that Brown's commitment to a radical kenotic Christology compromises both the essential impassability of the Godhead and the apophatic nature of the Trinity, conflating economic with immanent relations in the manner of Hegel.

Keywords: David Brown; Eucharist; Christology; ascension; kenosis; impassibility; Trinity

Chapter.  6783 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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