chapter  3
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Kenosis in contemporary music and postmodern philosophy

ByPETER BANNISTER

Writing from Tegel prison to his friend Eberhard Bethge in 1944, the German theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer penned what have since become some of the most quoted lines in modern theology:

God lets himself be pushed out of the world on to the cross. He is weak and powerless in the world, and that is precisely the way, the only way, in which he is with us and helps us. Matt. 8:17 makes it quite clear that Christ helps us, not by virtue of his omnipotence, but by virtue of his weakness and suffering.