Concordia Theological Monthly

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omniscience, humiliation, kenotic, kenoticism, theology

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Bible Study; Lecture; Sermon Prep


The term kenoticism fills the Lutheran theologian with apprehension, if not with horror. It is a term which has been used by our dogmaticians to designate the false teaching of the kenosis of Christ, one not in agreement with Phil. 2:7. From the days of Thomasius, who has been called the father of kenoticism, down through the writings of Luthardt, Gess, von Hofmann, Frank, and others, this insidious poison has been spread in modem theology until the point has been reached where errors concerning the person of Christ, and therefore also of His office, have vitiated the doctrine of the atonement.


Religious Thought, Theology and Philosophy of Religion

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Matthew 27:46; Luke 2:52; Philippians 2:7; 1 Corinthians 15:28; Matthew 24:36; Mark 13:32; John 5:30; John 7:16; John 2:24-25; John 1:48-50; Matthew 9:4;

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Laity; Ministers; Scholars