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A New Climate for Christology: Kenosis, Climate Change, and Befriending Nature

A New Climate for Christology

Kenosis, Climate Change, and Befriending Nature

Sallie McFague (Author)


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For decades, Sallie McFague lent her voice and her theological imagination to addressing and advocating for the most important issues of our time. In doing so, she influenced an entire generation and empowered countless people in their efforts to put religion in the service of meeting human needs in difficult times.

In this final book, finished in the year before her death in 2019, McFague summarizes the work of a lifetime with a clear call to live in "such a way that all might flourish." The way, she argues, is the "kenotic interpretation of Christianity: the odd arrangement whereby in order to gain your life, you must lose it. The way of the cross is total self-emptying so that one can receive life, real life, and then pass this life on."

A masterful and life-giving summing-up of a theology that makes a profound difference for us, our communities, and our planet.

  • Publisher Fortress Press
  • Format Paperback
  • ISBN 9781506478739
  • eBook ISBN 9781506478746
  • Dimensions 5.5 x 8.5
  • Pages 125
  • Publication Date November 2, 2021

Table of Contents

PROLOGUE: Turning Points and Climate Change

INTRODUCTION: Kenosis, Christ, and Climate Change

1. The Kenotic Stories of Jesus and God

2. Postmodern Insights for Climate Change

3. Relational Ontology

4. God as Friend and We as Friends of the World

5. Christian Theology in View of Kenosis, Theosis, and Postmodernism

APPENDIX: Reflections on Kenosis