Within the context of Russian spiritual/intellectual culture the term "kenoticism"
refers to the teaching that it is a pious and praiseworthy act to accept
suffering, in particular undeserved suffering, voluntarily and without complaint.
The theological basis of this teaching is in the voluntary acceptance of
undeserved suffering by Jesus Christ in His crucifixion. Acts of kenosis
were a frequent theme in old Russian literature, and from the earliest period.
The Chronicle, for example, contains an account of the murders of Boris
and Gleb, two young princes who were slain on the orders of their ambitious
brother Sviatopolk. Though they were warned of their brother's plan, Boris
and Gleb made no resistance to their enemies, accepting their deaths without