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What Has Chalcedon to Do with Lhasa?: John Keenan’s and Lai Pai-chiu’s Reflections on Classical Christology and the Possible Shape of a Tibetan Theology of Incarnation

What Has Chalcedon to Do with Lhasa?: John Keenan’s and Lai Pai-chiu’s Reflections on Classical... ARTICLES What Has Chalcedon to Do with Lhasa? John Keenan's and Lai Pai-chiu's Reflections on Classical Christology and the Possible Shape of a Tibetan Theology of Incarnation Thomas Cattoi Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley The starting point of this paper is a critique of John Keenan's so-called "Mahäyäna Christology" in The Meaning of Christ, in light of Lai Pai-chiu's "Chinese" response to Keenan's position. My argument is that Lai correctly construes the Chalcedonian definition as a critique of Hellenist ontology, but fails to critique Keenan's crucial contention that this same definition ratifies the subjugation of lived spiritual experience to abstract philosophical speculation. I also claim that Lai does not engage Keenan's flawed use, in his constructive Christology, of the teaching of the Buddhabodies, which in my opinion could provide an apposite template for the development of a Tibetan contextual Christology. My paper has a twofold purpose: on one hand, I sketch the contours of a possible Tibetan theology of incarnation; on the other hand, I offer a few methodological reflections on the role of classical doctrinal definitions in the development of new contextual theologies. The burden of this paper is to offer a few suggestions toward the http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Buddhist-Christian Studies University of Hawai'I Press

What Has Chalcedon to Do with Lhasa?: John Keenan’s and Lai Pai-chiu’s Reflections on Classical Christology and the Possible Shape of a Tibetan Theology of Incarnation

Buddhist-Christian Studies , Volume 28 (1) – Nov 14, 2008

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ARTICLES What Has Chalcedon to Do with Lhasa? John Keenan's and Lai Pai-chiu's Reflections on Classical Christology and the Possible Shape of a Tibetan Theology of Incarnation Thomas Cattoi Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley The starting point of this paper is a critique of John Keenan's so-called "Mahäyäna Christology" in The Meaning of Christ, in light of Lai Pai-chiu's "Chinese" response to Keenan's position. My argument is that Lai correctly construes the Chalcedonian definition as a critique of Hellenist ontology, but fails to critique Keenan's crucial contention that this same definition ratifies the subjugation of lived spiritual experience to abstract philosophical speculation. I also claim that Lai does not engage Keenan's flawed use, in his constructive Christology, of the teaching of the Buddhabodies, which in my opinion could provide an apposite template for the development of a Tibetan contextual Christology. My paper has a twofold purpose: on one hand, I sketch the contours of a possible Tibetan theology of incarnation; on the other hand, I offer a few methodological reflections on the role of classical doctrinal definitions in the development of new contextual theologies. The burden of this paper is to offer a few suggestions toward the

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Published: Nov 14, 2008

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