Kierkegaard and the Theology of the Nineteenth Century: The Paradox and the 'Point of Contact'

Kierkegaard and the Theology of the Nineteenth Century: The Paradox and the 'Point of Contact'

By: Professor George Pattison (author)Hardback

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This study shows how Kierkegaard's mature theological writings reflect his engagement with the wide range of theological positions which he encountered as a student, including German and Danish Romanticism, Hegelianism and the writings of Fichte and Schleiermacher. George Pattison draws on both major and lesser-known works to show the complexity and nuances of Kierkegaard's theological position, which remained closer to Schleiermacher's affirmation of religion as a 'feeling of absolute dependence' than to the Barthian denial of any 'point of contact', with which he is often associated. Pattison also explores ways in which Kierkegaard's theological thought can be related to thinkers such as Heidegger and John Henry Newman, and its continuing relevance to present-day debates about secular faith. His volume will be of great interest to scholars and students of philosophy and theology.

About Author

George Pattison is Lady Margaret Professor of Divinity at the University of Oxford and Canon of Christ Church Cathedral. His publications include God and Being; An Enquiry (2011); Crucifixions and Resurrections of the Image (2009) and Kierkegaard, Religion and the Nineteenth Century Crisis of Culture (Cambridge, 2002). He is editor and translator of Kierkegaard's Spiritual Writings (2010).


References to Kierkegaard's works; Introduction; 1. Beginning with the beginning of modern theology; 2. Speculative theology; 3. David Friedrich Strauss; 4. Immanence and transcendence; 5. Out there with the lilies and the birds; 6. Sin; 7. Redemption; 8. Proclaiming the Word; 9. Christianity after the Church; 10. Kierkegaard's hands; Bibliography; Index.

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  • ISBN13: 9781107018617
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 252
  • ID: 9781107018617
  • weight: 540
  • ISBN10: 1107018617

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