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Karl Barth's Christology as a Resource for a Reformed Version of Kenoticism

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This article starts by examining the ‘shift’ in thinking on kenosis from the sixteenth-century doctrine established by Lutheran orthodoxy to the nineteenth-century understanding developed by Gottfried Thomasius. Karl Barth's understanding of ‘kenotic Christology’ was largely controlled by the nineteenth-century definition and, as a result, he rejected it. However, Barth's later treatment of the incarnation in CD IV/I provides resources for taking up the language of kenosis in a positive way that would be thoroughly ‘Reformed’ in character. There are considerable theological gains to be made by such an approach.
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Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Princeton Theological Seminary, 64 Mercer Street, PO Box 821, Princeton, NJ 08542-0803, USA.

Publication date: July 1, 2006

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