"On the way where a man follows Christ, the height of suffering is the height of glory." So writes Kierkegaard, long considered the father of existentialism, in his comprehensive explanation of how suffering in all its forms is transformed into joy by faith in God. As an integral part of his 'Edifying Discourses', Gospel of Sufferings bears witness to Kierkegaard's transition from a general religious and philosophical standpoint to a specifically Christian one, forming what is now considered a central plank in the structure of his mature thought. In this classic volume, the great Danish thinker brings together elements that show him to be at once a mystic and a theologian, confirming his status as a precursor of the existentialists and a brilliant philosopher in his own right.
Soren Kierkegaard was a nineteenth century Danish philosopher and theologian, widely regarded as prefiguring the existentialist movement that dominated post-war Continental philosophy. His multi-layered, ironic, often obscure and yet deeply personal writings stress the necessity of a purely immediate, individual relationship with God, unmediated by any external religious authority.