Tuesday, January 5, 2010

David Bently Hart on Self-donation and the Trinity

". . . the very act of kenosis is not a new act of God, because God's eternal being is, in some sense, kenosis: the self-outpouring of the Father in the Son, in the joy of the Spirit. Thus Christ's Incarnation, far from dissembling his eternal nature, exhibits not only his particular propurium as the Son and the splendor of the Father's likeness, but thereby also the nature of the whole Trinitarian taxis. On the cross we see this joyous self-donation sub contrario, certainly, but not in alieno." Hart as Eastern Orthodox shares much in common with Lutherans regarding the commuicatio idiommatum.

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