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Infinite kenosis

The infinite kenosis of Jesus, which is a condition of his infinite personhood, is that . . . relationship with Christ—which is faith—can be said to include its own cessation. The infinity of Christ’s personhood flows from the inner-Trinitarian relations, which are shown in the resurrection of Christ transcend death. In terms of the passion narrative itself, the divine Father-Son relation which appears to be extinguished in the Father’s silence as the Son dies on the cross, is regenerated in the glorification of the Son in the resurrection and in the new speaking of the Trinitarian Spirit which fills the earth. Thus, while every ordinary human relation must face its own end, not least on account of the contingency of life, the experience of alienation, or loss of relation, is itself discovered to constitute a moment within the relation that is faith. It can therefore be embraced as an aspect of the new way of relating [to existence] which faith brings. This is an interplay of light and dark therefore, whereby the boundary that marks the limit of the relation is discovered to be internal to it. In this we can ourselves come to inhabit the silence of God, which is the complete loss of relation, or annihilation, that Jesus experienced on the cross, and thereby come into the transformed reality of a new and Spirit-filled existence.

Oliver Davies, A Theology of Compassion: Metaphysics of Difference and the Renewal of Tradition, 220-221.


  1. mike wells wrote:

    but should I feel reconciled to that moment? Or is it ok to cry out in anguish too?

    Monday, March 29, 2010 at 7:15 am | Permalink
  2. Austin Eisele wrote:

    Wow…I didn’t realize there were still Hegelians out there!

    Monday, March 29, 2010 at 7:30 am | Permalink
  3. Chris Donato wrote:

    Hehe-Hegelian. This is just a fancy way to say that at the very moment we are faced with the depths of our depravity, we are opened up to the “transformed reality of a new Spirit-filled existence”?

    Monday, March 29, 2010 at 8:00 am | Permalink

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