Discourses at the Communion on Fridays

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Søren Kierkegaard's 13 communion discourses constitute a distinct genre among the various forms of religious writing composed by Kierkegaard. Originally published at different times and places, Kierkegaard himself believed that these discourses served as a unifying element in his work and were crucial for understanding his religious thought and philosophy as a whole. Written in an intensely personal liturgical context, the communion discourses prepare the reader for participation in this rite by emphasizing the ...

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Overview

Søren Kierkegaard's 13 communion discourses constitute a distinct genre among the various forms of religious writing composed by Kierkegaard. Originally published at different times and places, Kierkegaard himself believed that these discourses served as a unifying element in his work and were crucial for understanding his religious thought and philosophy as a whole. Written in an intensely personal liturgical context, the communion discourses prepare the reader for participation in this rite by emphasizing the appropriate posture for forgiveness of sins and confession.

Indiana University Press

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Editorial Reviews

Choice

"The book is very nicely produced and has an excellent index. It will be a valuable resource for all libraries supporting religious studies, theological studies, philosophy of religion, and Kierkegaard studies. Summing Up: Highly recommended." —Choice

C. Stephen Evans

"Putting all these discourses together highlights an important dimension of Kierkegaard's thought that is often overlooked or at least underestimated, by showing the organic connection between that thought and the Christian practice of confession and the Christian sacrament of communion.... The introduction provided for the volume is superb." —C. Stephen Evans, Baylor University

P. K. Moser

Walsh (Stetson Univ.) brings together and freshly translates 13 discourses by Kierkegaard (1813-55) intended for Holy Communion services. Seven of the discourses come from Kierkegaard's collection Christian Discourses (1848); three originate from an 1849 collection by Kierkegaard; one comes from his book, Practice in Christianity (1850); and two come from an 1851 collection on Communion on Fridays. Walsh begins this volume with a very helpful 33-page introduction that illuminates Kierkegaard's main intentions and themes in the Communion discourses. She observes that Kierkegaard's authorship as a whole, by his own report, culminates in the Communion discourses and thus achieves its 'decisive point of rest' at the foot of the altar. The themes of human consciousness of sin and divine forgiveness of sin loom large in these discourses, and nicely summarize two of Kierkegaard's main concerns. The book is very nicely produced and has an excellent index. It will be a valuable resource for all libraries supporting religious studies, theological studies, philosophy of religion, and Kierkegaard studies. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Lower-level undergraduates and above. --Choice P. K. Moser, Loyola University Chicago, March 2012

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Walsh (Stetson Univ.) brings together and freshly translates 13 discourses by
Kierkegaard (1813-55) intended for Holy Communion services. Seven of the discourses come from
Kierkegaard's collection Christian Discourses (1848); three originate from an 1849 collection by
Kierkegaard; one comes from his book, Practice in Christianity (1850); and two come from an 1851
collection on Communion on Fridays. Walsh begins this volume with a very helpful 33-page introduction that illuminates Kierkegaard's main intentions and themes in the Communion discourses.
She observes that Kierkegaard's authorship as a whole, by his own report, culminates in the
Communion discourses and thus achieves its 'decisive point of rest' at the foot of the altar. The themes of human consciousness of sin and divine forgiveness of sin loom large in these discourses,
and nicely summarize two of Kierkegaard's main concerns. The book is very nicely produced and has an excellent index. It will be a valuable resource for all libraries supporting religious studies,
theological studies, philosophy of religion, and Kierkegaard studies. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Lower-level undergraduates and above. —Choice P. K. Moser, Loyola
University Chicago, March 2012

"Putting all these discourses together highlights an important dimension of
Kierkegaard's thought that is often overlooked or at least underestimated, by showing the organic connection between that thought and the Christian practice of confession and the Christian sacrament of communion.... The introduction provided for the volume is superb." —C. Stephen Evans,
Baylor University

Lutheran Quarterly

"This is a unique contribution to Kierkegaard studies and deserves to be carefully studies by all who value Kierkegaard's Christian thought." —Lutheran Quarterly

Choice

"The book is very nicely produced and has an excellent index. It will be a valuable resource for all libraries supporting religious studies, theological studies, philosophy of religion, and Kierkegaard studies. Summing Up: Highly recommended." —Choice

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Meet the Author

Sylvia Walsh is Scholar in Residence at Stetson University. She is author of
Kierkegaard: Thinking Christianly in an Existential Mode.

Indiana University Press

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Table of Contents

Abbreviations
Introduction
Part 1. "Discourses at the Communion on
Fridays." Part Four of Christian Discourses (1848)
1. Luke 22:15
2. Matthew
11:28
3. John 10:27
4. 1 Corinthians 11:23
5. 2 Timothy
2:12-13
6. 1 John 3:20
7. Luke 24:51
Part 2. "The High
Priest"—"The Tax Collector"—"The Woman Who Was a Sinner": Three Discourses at the
Communion on Fridays (1849)
8. Hebrews 4:15
9. Luke 18:13
10. Luke
7:47
Part 3. "From on High He Will Draw All to Himself." First Christian Exposition from
Practice in Christianity, No. III, by Anti-Climacus (1850)
11. John
12:32
Part 4. Two Discourses at the Communion on Fridays (1851)
12. Luke
7:47
13. 1 Peter 4:8
Index

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