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On self-emptying

Summary

Charles Taylor considers the implications of Jesus being God.

Summary

Charles Taylor considers the implications of Jesus being God.

Transcript

The only way to make sense of Jesus Christ as God is to think of God as a self-emptying god. So in a certain sense, to follow right through, we’re also called to some kind of kenosis, some kind of self-emptying.

Though there’s a very great paradox there, that from the self-emptying comes abundant life. It’s hard to get one’s mind around that, and a lot of people think, oh, that’s ridiculous. I can understand that! It’s … on the face of it, it does appear so. But there’s a powerful sense that some of us have that that’s what it’s about.