Kierkegaard's Concept of Faith

Kierkegaard's Concept of Faith

by Merold Westphal


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In this book renowned philosopher Merold Westphal unpacks the writings of nineteenth-century thinker Søren Kierkegaard on biblical, Christian faith and its relation to reason.

Across five books — Fear and Trembling, Philosophical Fragments, Concluding Unscientific Postscript, Sickness Unto Death, and Practice in Christianity — and three pseudonyms, Kierkegaard sought to articulate a biblical concept of faith by approaching it from a variety of perspectives in relation to one another. Westphal offers a careful textual reading of these major discussions to present an overarching analysis of Kierkegaard’s conception of the true meaning of biblical faith.

Though Kierkegaard presents a complex picture of faith through his pseudonyms, Westphal argues that his perspective is a faithful and illuminating one, making claims that are important for philosophy of religion, for theology, and most of all for Christian life as it might be lived by faithful people.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780802868060
Publisher: Eerdmans, William B. Publishing Company
Publication date: 08/11/2014
Series: Kierkegaard as a Christian Thinker
Pages: 294
Sales rank: 903,515
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Merold Westphal is Distinguished Professor of PhilosophyEmeritus at Fordham University and an adjunct professor atAustralian Catholic University. His books have won awardsfrom Choice magazine, the American Academyof Religion, Christianity Today, and The NationalJesuit Honor Society.

Table of Contents

Foreword vii

Sigla ix

Introduction 1

Part 1 Johannes de Silentio

1 Faith as the Task of a Lifetime 15

2 Faith as Trust in Divine Promises 26

3 Faith as Obedience to Divine Commands 40

4 Interlude - Three Questions In Medias Res 62

5 Faith as the Teleological Suspension of Reason 82

6 Faith as the Highest Passion 102

Part 2 Johannes Climacus

7 Faith as the Reception of Revelation 123

8 Faith as the Happy Passion That Overcomes Offense 148

9 Faith as the Passionate Appropriation of an Objective Uncertainty 162

10 Faith as a Leap and a Striving 183

11 Faith as a Striving Pathos That Goes Against Reason 207

Part 3 Anti-Climacus

12 Faith as Willing to Be Oneself-Before God 231

13 Faith as Contemporaneity with Christ - Without Offense 254

Index of Names and Subjects 278

Index of Scripture References 284

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