Kierkegaard as Religious Thinker


Focusing on human nature, Christ, and Christian discipleship, this text discusses Kierkegaard's main concerns as a religious thinker, and his treatment of becoming Christian. It counters the customary interpretation of his religious thought as privatistic and asocial.
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Focusing on human nature, Christ, and Christian discipleship, this text discusses Kierkegaard's main concerns as a religious thinker, and his treatment of becoming Christian. It counters the customary interpretation of his religious thought as privatistic and asocial.
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"Writing gracefully and graciously, he [Gouwens] gives us a splendid account of what is sometimes called Religiousness C, Kierkegaard's account of becoming a Christian once he gets beyond his polemic with Plato, Lessing, and Hegel." Theological Studies

"David Gouwens has written a careful, comprehensive account of Kierkegaard's self-assesment....Gouwen's writes as a theologian and writes about Kierkegaard as a theologian, and his book is to my mind the best work on Kierkegaard in this genre to date....his book will also be very helpful to people, students as well as scholars, who are having difficulty understanding Kierkegaard." C. Stephen Evans, Christian Scholar's Review

"Indeed, Gouwens succeeds in showing Kierkegaard to be a kind of theologian situated firmly at the centre of the Christian faith. Rich in theological themes and unparalled in approach, this book is most helpful for understanding the significance of this particular nineteenth-century religous thinker in the shaping of contemporary Christian thought and debates." Abrahim H. Khan, Toronto Journal of Theology

"Gouwens in his work presents an excellent and insightful study into Kierkegaard as religious thinker. This work is suited for the scholar of Kierkegaard and for persons interested in recent scholarly debate in the works of Kiekegaard. Gouwens advances the research of Kierkegaard in the area of moral philosophy and theology with this excellent book. It is highly recommended for Kiekegaardian scholarship and study." Ashland Theological Journal

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521460316
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 11/28/2009
  • Pages: 268
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

List of abbreviations
Introduction 1
1 Diseases of reflection 27
First diagnostic critique of objectivity: dangers inherent in thinking 30
Second diagnostic critique of objectivity: the professionalization of philosophy and religion 39
Subjective thinking 42
2 Anthropological reflection 55
"Anthropological reflection" as religious reflection 56
Kierkegaard's religious understanding of the self 75
3 Becoming religious: upbuilding before God 93
Becoming a self: forming personal unity 95
Virtue, vision, and will 97
The grammar of "seeing and knowing God" 102
Virtue, ethics, and religion 108
Kierkegaard on religion: polemical points 120
4 Becoming Christian I: responding to Christ in faith 122
The "what" and the "how 123
Christ as Redeemer and Pattern 127
Offense and the paradox 128
Faith as a "happy passion" 133
Christ and salvation 142
5 Becoming Christian II: suffering and following Christ in hope 153
Expectancy and the origins of hope 154
Despair as hopelessness 155
Hope and repetition 157
The dialectic of hope 158
The anatomy of suffering 162
Christian suffering and Christian hope 166
6 Becoming Christian III: love and imitating Christ in works 186
The dialectic of opposition 186
Eros and agape; law and gospel 188
The priority of divine love 192
Love as human response 197
7 Witness in faith, hope, and love 209
From hidden inwardness to public stance 213
The Pattern and the response 216
Conclusion 229
Bibliography 233
Index 244
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