Kierkegaard and Christian Faith responds directly to the perennial and problematic concern of how to read Kierkegaard. Specifically, this volume presses the question of whether the existentialist philosopher, who so troubled the waters of nineteenth-century Danish Christendom, is a "Christian thinker for our time." The chapters crisscross the disciplines of philosophy, theology, literature, and ethics, and are as rich in argument as they are diverse in style. Collectively the chapters demonstrate a principled agreement that Kierkegaard continues to be relevant, even imperative. Kierkegaard and Christian Faith reveals just how Kierkegaard's work both defines and reconfigures what is meant by "Christian thinker." Following an autobiographical prologue by Kathleen Norris, this volume gathers the chapters in pairs around crucial themes: the use of philosophy (Merold Westphal and C. Stephen Evans), revelation and authority (Richard Bauckham and Paul J. Griffiths), Christian character (Sylvia Walsh and Ralph C. Wood), the relationship between the church and the world (Jennifer A. Herdt and Paul Martens), and moral questions of forgiveness and love (Simon D. Podmore and Cyril O'Regan). The volume underscores the centrality of Christianity to Kierkegaard's life and thought, and rightly positions Kierkegaard as a profound challenge to Christianity as it is understood and practiced today.
Paul Martens is Associate Professor of Religion at Baylor University. C. Stephen Evans is University Professor of Philosophy and Humanities, Baylor University and Professorial Fellow, Australian Catholic University.
1. An Introduction to False Pretenses, Soren Kierkegaard, and Trying on Faith for Size Part I: Philosophy, Revelation, and Authority 2. Kierkegaard as Four Dimensional Thinker 3. Kierkegaard, Natural Theology, and the Existence of God 4. Kierkegaard and the Epistle of James 5. Kierkegaard and Apostolic Authority Part II: Christian Character and Community 6. On Becoming a Person of Character 7. Soren Kierkegaard, Walker Percy's Love in the Ruins, and Transparency Before God 8. The Apophatic Self and the Way of Forgetting 9. The Rule of Chaos and the Perturbation of Love 10. Secrecy, Corruption, and the Exchange of Reasons 11. Kierkegaard and the Peaceable Kingdom