Kenosis in <i>Practice in Christianity</i>

David R. Law

in Kierkegaard's Kenotic Christology

Published in print January 2013 | ISBN: 9780199698639
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191745546 | DOI:
Kenosis in Practice in Christianity

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This chapter focuses on the kenotic implications of Kierkegaard's view that the paradoxical figure of the humiliated God-man places the human being before the choice of offence or faith. For Kierkegaard — or rather his pseudonym Anti-Climacus — human beings can respond to Christ in faith only if Christ is not immediately recognizable as God. The ‘incognito’ of the servant-form assumed by Christ on becoming incarnate and the humiliation, abasement, and suffering this entails results in a radical form of kenotic Christology which arguably goes beyond that advanced by his contemporaries. Even the more radical of the German kenotic theologians tend to play down the extent of Christ's suffering. Anti-Climacus, however, emphasizes its severity. Another theme of the chapter is Anti-Climacus' argument that even in the state of exaltation Christ has enjoyed since his ascension he continues to relate to human beings as the abased and humiliated one.

Keywords: Kierkegaard; kenosis; kenotic Christology; Practice in Christianity; incognito; humiliation; abasement; state of exaltation

Chapter.  25942 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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