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n. Christianity
The relinquishment of some of the attributes of God by Jesus in becoming man and suffering death.

[Late Greek kenōsis, from Greek, an emptying, from kenoun, to empty, from kenos, empty.]

ke·not′ic (-nŏt′ĭk) adj.


(Ecclesiastical Terms) Christianity Christ's voluntary renunciation of certain divine attributes, in order to identify himself with mankind (Philippians 2:6–7)
[C19: from Greek: an emptying, from kenoun to empty from kenos empty]
kenotic adj, n


(kɪˈnoʊ sɪs)

the doctrine that Christ relinquished His divine attributes so as to experience human suffering.
[1835–45; < Greek kénōsis an emptying, =kenō-, variant s. of kenoûn to empty out, drain, derivative of kenós empty + -sis -sis]
ke•not′ic (-ˈnɒt ɪk) adj.
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Is the proposal--crucial question in the light of the distinctions I drew above--"playing God" in the lives of creatures, or does it conform to the sort of kenotic ethic I began to outline above?
11) This kenotic ethic also fits in some way with the Co-operative vision of the Rhiwbina Garden Village offering shared ownership.
Thus a renunciative, kenotic ethic best characterizes God's activity.