Timothy Connor shows how Donald MacKinnon's extension concept of kenosis to the doctrine of the Church offers a critical corrective to ecclesiological triumphalism. This book explores those aspects of Donald MacKinnon's theological writings which challenge the claim of the liberal Catholic tradition in the Church of England to have forged an ecclesiological consensus, namely that the Church is the extension of the incarnation. MacKinnon destabilized this claim by exposing the wide gulf between theory and practice in that church, especially in his own Anglo-Catholic tradition within it. For him the collapse of Christendom is the occasion for a dialectical reconstruction of the relation of the Church to Jesus Christ and to the world on the basis of the gospel. His basic claim is that authentic ecclesial existence must correspond with what was revealed and effected by Jesus along his way from Galilee to Jerusalem to Galilee. Reflection on the Church thus takes the form of a lived response shaped by a Christocentric grammar of faith: the submission of the church to Jesus' contemporaneous interrogation, a sustained attentiveness to him and the willing embrace of his 'hour'.
"T&T Clark Studies in Systematic Theology" is a series of monographs in the field of Christian doctrine, with a particular focus on constructive engagement with major topics through historical analysis or contemporary restatement.
Timothy Connor is an Archdeacon in the Diocese of Huron and Rector of St. George's Anglican Church, London ON, Canada. He is also adjunct Lecturer of Systematic Theology at Wycliffe College, Ontario.
1. Donald MacKinnon and the Discontents of Contemporary Anglicanism; 2. McKinnon's Early Ecclesiology: Anlong the Way of the Cross; 3. The Church on the Kenotic Way of Jesus Christ; 4. From Galilee to Jerusalem to Galilee I: Kenotic Ecclesiology, Salvation and Atonement; 5. From Galilee to Jerusalem to Galilee II: Kenotic Ecclesiology, Incarnation and Trinity; Bibliography.