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Stephen T. Davis

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780199284597

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2006

DOI: 10.1093/0199284598.001.0001

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Is Kenotic Christology Orthodox?

Is Kenotic Christology Orthodox?

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Christian Philosophical Theology

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There are two main theories to explain how incarnation was possible: classical christology and kenotic christology. This chapter defends one version of kenoticism. The biblical issue is: which theory best captures the Jesus that we find described in the Gospels? The philosophical issue is: in order to be “truly human”, must the Logos limit itself or divest itself of certain divine properties? Kenoticism is orthodox because it is consistent with Scripture (as seen in Philippians 2:1-11) and with classical creeds. Three objections to kenoticism are answered.

Keywords:   incarnation, Christology, kenosis, scripture, tradition

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