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Title: Rehabilitating kenotic Christology : a critically constructive examination and strategic systematization of Jürgen Moltmann's doctrine of Christ
Author: Youngs, Samuel Jacob
ISNI:       0000 0004 6498 0933
Awarding Body: King's College London
Current Institution: King's College London (University of London)
Date of Award: 2017
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This thesis presents a constructive examination and strategic systematization of Jürgen Moltmann’s christology, arguing that his outlook on the kenosis of Christ can be conscripted in a critical rehabilitative capacity for kenotic christological thinking more broadly. The envisioned contribution of this study is therefore twofold: advancing understanding of Moltmann’s doctrine of Christ as well as applying its distinctive insights to key issues within kenotic christological discourse. The study begins by examining the resurgence of kenotic forms of christology over the past thirty years, detailing this movement’s self-stated focus on Christ’s humanity and on conveying that humanity’s significance for the living church. I then argue that contemporary kenotic christology often undermines its contributions on these subjects through a deficiency in what I refer to as “christological attentiveness.” This deficiency often causes kenotic christology to focus overmuch on speculative and abstract modes of christological discourse while overlooking empirical, embodied, and praxiological dimensions. Utilizing key insights from the recent venture known as Transformation Theology, I formulate three heuristic questions which serve to focus christological attentiveness toward subjects which kenotic christology often neglects: Christ’s historical achievement; Christ’s ongoing, exalted presence; and the concrete significance of these for Christian praxis today. The thesis then goes on to to show that these three pivotal christological topics—achievement, presence, and praxis—are uniquely handled in Moltmann’s christology, wherein they are related to the kenosis of Christ in such a manner that avoids, to a significant extent, the oversights of many iterations of kenotic christology. This is demonstrated through a progressive strategic program that interfaces between Moltmann’s theological method, his christology’s manifold themes and expressions, and the biblical rootedness of his view on Christ’s self-emptying. The thesis culminates in a unique, synthesized articulation of Moltmann’s kenotic christological doctrine and its significance for the living church.
Supervisor: Janz, Paul Dwight ; Davies, Oliver Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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