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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.
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(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
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(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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- Bogdanov (2005) indicates that evangelical Kenosis is also ostranenie - naturally his discourse was based on this related part of Holy Bible, "but emptied himself, taking the form of a servant" (Philippians 2:5-8) and he explains: "the astonishment decision of the son of God to become "just like one of us" is revealed in order to demonstrate the overwhelming power of love.
This is a kenosis that strips my ego of its crutches and illusions.
His coming down as a human being, letting go of his being equal with God, his self-emptying (kenosis) shows his splendor.
Nihilism-In-Tension: A Theology of Kenosis as a Response to Some Nihilistic Inclinations in the Context of Contemporary Slovakia
Claudia Carbonell explicita la familiaridad que existe entre el concepto paulino de kenosis y la incompletitud de la realidad tal como es formulada por Zizek.
The beautiful readings lay out the story of God's plan of salvation: Isaiah's Song of the Suffering Servant and the ancient hymn of Christ's kenosis, his emptying himself of his divinity, highlighting the power of the Passion narrative of Mark.
Although Wicks references Christian sources (including Thomas Merton and Kathleen Norris) and uses some Christian ideas (such as kenosis), the book's psychological framework makes "embracing compassion and hope" relevant beyond the Christian faith.
The Jesus of Silence is one of utter kenosis, and one who in the mercy of that kenosis radically sympathizes with the weakness, and frailty, of human beings, even ones like Judas and Kichijiro.
Specifically, Murphy attends to the dimensions of divine hierarchy, the Incarnation, Christ's kenosis (self-emptying and death), and human relationships as understood through the doctrine of the Trinity.
I take issue with Carroll's position on this, and posit instead that rather than seeing divine kenosis as a self-limitation, we should view it as a divine self-offering (which kenou connotes in the Greek).