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Kenotic Christology
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Narrowly defined, kenotic Christology is dogmatic exegesis of the statement in Phil 2:7 concerning the self-emptying (Gk κένωσις/kénōsis) of Christ; more generally, it attempts to reconcile the deity of Christ with the limitations of his humanity by arguing that the act of incarnation involves the non-exercise, suspension or abandonment of divine attributes considered irreconcilable with integral human existence.

The naive, non-speculative understanding of kenotic Christology found in early Christian writers such as Ignatius (Ign. Pol 3.2; Ignatian Epistl…

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Webster, John, “Kenotic Christology”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 29 May 2022 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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