The kenotic theory of Christ’s incarnation—drawing from Philippians 2—articulates a doctrine of the incarnation in terms of Christ emptying himself and becoming a servant. According to kenotic theory, Christ abandoned aspects of his omniscience, omnipresence, and omnipotence in order to “humble himself” and become a human being.
In The Kenotic Theory, Hall aims to show that the kenotic theory of Christ’s incarnation overlooks the fundamental reality that Christ was not only fully human, but also fully God, and therefore continued to possess omniscience, omnipresence, omnipotence, and other elements of his divine nature—even as a human. He introduces the origin and development of kenotic theory, as well as the issues at stake, and helps readers navigate through difficult—though fundamentally important—interpretive and theological difficulties.
Praise for the Print Edition
Professor Hall has presented us with a strong plea for the orthodox and traditional teaching on the side of the doctrine of the Incarnation.
- Title: The Kenotic Theory, Considered with Particular Reference to Its Anglican Forms and Arguments
- Author: Francis Joseph Hall
- Series: Day One Christian Biography Collection
- Publisher: Longmans, Green, & Co.
- Publication Date: 1898
- Pages: 247
About Francis Joseph Hall
Francis Joseph Hall (1857–1933) was educated at Racine College, General Theological Seminary, and Western Theological Seminary. Hall went on to become professor of dogmatic theology at Western Theological Chair.