This is an introduction to the influence of Kierkegaard's thought on the development of modern theology. Kierkegaard is in many respects an enigmatic figure. About half of his published work appears under an array of pseudonyms and Kierkegaard himself advises that readers should not presume his agreement with any of the views appearing under pseudonymous authorship. Alongside the pseudonymous works are a long series of discourses published under Kierkegaard's own name, and accompanying the whole corpus are six volumes of Journals in which Kierkegaard experiments with ideas and makes note of his own questions and discoveries. Kierkegaard's concern throughout the authorship was to make clear, in opposition to the corrosive forces of Christendom and the posturing of contemporary philosophy, what authentic Christian faith consists in. "The Philosophy and Theology" series looks at major philosophers and explores their relevance to theological thought as well as the response of theology.
Murray Rae is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Theology, University of Otago, New Zealand. He has published extensively in the field of Christian theology and has previously collaborated with Colin Gunton in 'The Practice of Theology', SCM Press, 2001.
Part I; Introduction; Short biography; General introduction to the work; Part II; The attack on Christendom; Authentic Christianity; The scandal of Jesus Christ; The human predicament; Stages on life's way; Practice in Christianity; Part III; The reception in theology; Reckoning with Kierkegaard.