Kierkegaard and the Catholic Tradition: Conflict and Dialogue

Kierkegaard and the Catholic Tradition: Conflict and Dialogue

by Jack Mulder Jr.


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Although Søren Kierkegaard, considered one of the most passionate Christian writers of the modern age, was a Lutheran, he was deeply dissatisfied with the Lutheran establishment of his day. Some scholars have said that he pushed his faith toward Catholicism. Placing Kierkegaard in sustained dialogue with the Catholic tradition, Jack Mulder, Jr., does not simply review Catholic reactions to or interpretations of Kierkegaard, but rather provides an extended look into convergences and differences on issues such as natural theology, natural moral law, Christian love, apostolic authority, the doctrine of hell, contrition for sins, the doctrine of purgatory, and the communion of saints. Through his analysis of Kierkegaard's philosophy of religion, Mulder presents deeper possibilities for engagements between Protestantism and Catholicism.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780253222367
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Publication date: 11/04/2010
Series: Philosophy of Religion
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Jack Mulder, Jr., is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Hope College. He is author of Mystical and Buddhist Elements in Kierkegaard's Religious Thought.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xi

List of Abbreviations and Frequently Cited Works xiii

Introduction 1

Part 1 Nature and Grace

1 Kierkegaard and Natural Reason: A Catholic Encounter 13

2 Is Abraham a Hero? The Natural Law and a Problem in Fear and Trembling 37

3 The Order of Love: The Love of Preference in Kierkegaard and the Catholic Tradition 67

4 The Catholic Moment? Apostolic Authority in Kierkegaard and the Catholic Tradition 98

Part 2 Sin, Justification, and Community

5 Must All Be Saved? A Kierkegaardian-Catholic Response to Theological Universalism 125

6 On Being Afraid of Hell: Kierkegaard and Catholicism on Imperfect Contrition 153

7 The Sickness unto Life: Justification in Kierkegaard and the Question of Purgatory 178

8 Kierkegaard and the Communion of Saints 200

Conclusion 223

Notes 227

Bibliography 267

Index 277

What People are Saying About This

Baylor University - C. Stephen Evans

There have been many comments made about Kierkegaard and Catholicism by various writers, but this is the first serious look at the places where there may be coherence and where there is tension.

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