Kierkegaard as Theologian and the Question of Kenosis

David R. Law

in Kierkegaard's Kenotic Christology

Published in print January 2013 | ISBN: 9780199698639
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191745546 | DOI:
Kierkegaard as Theologian and the Question of Kenosis

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This introductory chapter briefly draws the reader's attention to what appear to be kenotic elements in Kierkegaard's Philosophical Fragments and Practice in Christianity, before going on to discuss the appropriateness of treating Kierkegaard as a theologian. The discussion then turns to Kierkegaard's complex relationship with Christian doctrine and advances the argument that Kierkegaard does not reject doctrine, as is sometimes claimed, but is rather concerned that believers should existentially appropriate and live their lives by the doctrines of the Christian faith. Underlying this call for existential appropriation, however, is a set of doctrinal commitments, among which is adherence to the orthodox doctrine of the incarnation. The chapter concludes with a survey and critique of earlier treatments of the kenotic character of Kierkegaard's Christology.

Keywords: Kierkegaard; theology; doctrine; kenosis; kenotic Christology; Kierkegaardian scholarship

Chapter.  16391 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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