Kierkegaard as Theologian: The Dialectic of Christian Existence

Kierkegaard as Theologian: The Dialectic of Christian Existence

Kierkegaard as Theologian: The Dialectic of Christian Existence

Kierkegaard as Theologian: The Dialectic of Christian Existence

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In The Mind of Kierkegaard James Collins remarks:

Until the religious and theological traits of Kierkegaard's work have been patiently and formally studied it will be impossible to determine precisely his import for the development of Christian life.

Henceforth, he concludes, it remains for English-speaking theologians to take up this urgent task, carrying on the work of European scholars who have probed fruitfully into the relations and theological facets of Kierkegaard's mind in respect to the Protestant and Catholic traditions. This project involves "not merely taking over where the philosophical approach leaves off, but also going over the same ground in the light of the new level of interest."

Six years ago, before those lines were published, and when I started working on the present study, I came to exactly the same conclusion. Kierkegaard is a theologian and has to be studied as such. But this is only the beginning of the real problem. For the question immediately arises: Is he a . . .

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