Kierkegaard’s Existential Kenoticism

David R. Law

in Kierkegaard's Kenotic Christology

Published in print January 2013 | ISBN: 9780199698639
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191745546 | DOI:
Kierkegaard’s Existential Kenoticism

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This chapter argues that Kierkegaard can be regarded as a kenotic theologian. Kierkegaard makes clear the depth of God's love and the lengths God is prepared to go to restore human beings' broken relationship with him, even to the point of becoming a lowly servant and suffering at the hands of the human beings he has come to save. What is distinctive about Kierkegaard's Christology is that whereas the kenotic theologians are concerned to make the incarnation credible, Kierkegaard is concerned with bringing out the existential significance of the paradox of the suffering servant God and highlighting the demand he makes on the would-be follower. Kierkegaard's Christology can be classified as existential kenoticism — a form of kenotic Christology which extends kenosis to believers, who are called upon to live a life of kenotic discipleship following Christ's example of lowly, humble, and suffering service.

Keywords: Kierkegaard; kenosis; kenotic Christology; existential kenoticism

Chapter.  9951 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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