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Kierkegaard as Negative Theologian$
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David R. Law

Print publication date: 1993

Print ISBN-13: 9780198263364

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198263364.001.0001

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(p.182) 7 Christology
Kierkegaard as Negative Theologian


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This chapter examines the apophatic structure of Søren Kierkegaard's Christology. It analyses Kierkegaard's kenotic theory, his soteriology, and his development of the concept of contemporaneity, and discusses his understanding of the Incarnation. This chapter concludes that apophaticism in Kierkegaard's Christology is highlighted by his belief that when Christ has assumed human form he has concealed his divinity so radically that he cannot reveal it even if he wishes to do so. In his soteriology apophatic motifs appeared in the emphasis on the humanward aspect of the atonement and in his rejection of attempts to ascertain the relationship between the Divine Persons in the atoning process.

Keywords:   Søren Kierkegaard, Christology, apophaticism, kenotic theory, soteriology, Christ, atonement, Divine Persons, contemporaneity, Incarnation

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