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The Metaphysics of the Incarnation$
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Anna Marmodoro and Jonathan Hill

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199583164

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199583164.001.0001

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The metaphysics of kenosis

The metaphysics of kenosis

(p.114) 6 The metaphysics of kenosis
The Metaphysics of the Incarnation

Stephen T. Davis (Contributor Webpage)

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In the incarnation, did the Logos simply add a human nature to its divine nature, as classical defenders of the incarnation traditionally claim? Or did the Logos temporarily give up or set aside those divine properties that are inconsistent with humanness, as kenotic defenders of the incarnation claim? The chapter constitutes a defence, at the metaphysical level, of the second option. Such terms as substance, property, person, nature, and others are explored. After explaining one possible kenotic theory of the incarnation, various objections are considered.

Keywords:   kenosis, personhood, divine nature, human nature, reduplication, Nestorianism, compositionalism

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