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T&T Clark Companion to the Theology of Kierkegaard


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Notes on Contributors Acknowledgements List of Abbreviations 1. Prologue: The Concept of Kierkegaard Companions (with Constant Reference to Theology) - Aaron P. Edwards, Cliff College, UK Part I Preliminary Interpretative Issues 2. Kierkegaard on Communication: Refusing to 'Piddle' - Kyle Roberts, United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities, USA 3. Kierkegaard on Language: Peril and Promise - Randall C. Zachman, University of Notre Dame, USA 4. Kierkegaard on Doctrine: The Grammar of Christian Pathos -Lee C. Barrett, Lancaster Theological Seminary, USA 5. Kierkegaard on the Church: Between Rejection and Redemption - Matthew D. Kirkpatrick, University of Oxford, UK Part II Kierkegaard's Theological Biography 6. Kierkegaard the Theology Student - George Pattison, University of Glasgow, UK 7. Kierkegaard the Reader of Scripture - Joel D. S. Rasmussen, University of Oxford, UK 8. Kierkegaard the Preacher - Aaron P. Edwards, Cliff College, UK 9. Kierkegaard's Theological Legacy - Lee C. Barrett, Lancaster Theological Seminary, USA Part III Key Doctrinal Themes 10. Trinity: A Concept Ubiquitous Yet Unthematized - Paul Martens, Baylor University, USA 11. The Divine Attributes: Kierkegaard's Broodings on the Godhead - Joel D. S. Rasmussen, University of Oxford, UK 12. Providence: Right In Front of Our Noses? - Nathan Paylor, Cliff College, UK 13. Creation: By, For, and Before God - Andrew Torrance, University of St Andrews, UK 14. Theological Anthropology: Spirit as the Self 'Before' and 'Resting in' God - Simon D. Podmore, Liverpool Hope University, UK 15. Sin: Leaping and Sliding and Mysteries Pointing to Mysteries - Jason A. Mahn, Augustana College, USA 16. Revelation: What Forms of Authority, and to Whom? - Tomas Bokedal, University of Aberdeen, UK 17. Christology: Ecce Homo! - Sylvia Walsh, Stetson University, USA 18. Justification: 'The Article by Which the Church Stands or Falls'? - David J. Gouwens, Brite Divinity School, USA 19. Sanctification: Kierkegaard and the Journey Toward Rest - Christopher B. Barnett, Villanova University, USA 20. The Holy Spirit: Kierkegaard's Understated Pneumatology - Murray Rae, University of Otago, New Zealand 21. Faith: The Infinite Task of Passionate Belief - Matthew F. Wilson, Harvard University, USA and C. Stephen Evans, Baylor University, USA 22. The Christian Life: A Humble Striving Born of Gratitude - Philip G. Ziegler, University of Aberdeen, UK 23. Love: A Holy Caprice - Amy Laura Hall, Duke University Divinity School, USA 24. Eschatology: 'And Eternally Speak with My Jesus' - Andrew J. Burgess, University of New Mexico, USA Part IV Theological Trajectories 25. Kierkegaard, Theology, and the Academy - Stanley Hauerwas, Duke University, USA 26. Kierkegaard, Theology, and the Information Society - Brian Brock, University of Aberdeen, UK 27. Kierkegaard, Theology, and Literary Media - Eric Ziolkowski, Lafayette College, USA 28. Kierkegaard, Theology, and Post-Christendom - Merold Westphal, Fordham University, USA 29. Epilogue: A Kind of Theologian - David J. Gouwens, Brite Divinity School, USA Index

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Re-calibrates Kierkegaard's theological value by offering a comprehensive reading of his work through a distinctly theological lens, including interpretative concerns, his approach to specific doctrines, and possible theological trajectories for thinking beyond his work.

About the Author

Aaron P. Edwards is Lecturer in Theology, Preaching, and Mission at Cliff College, Derbyshire, UK. Before this, he was a Teaching Fellow in Divinity at the University of Aberdeen, lecturing on religion, politics, and cultural crisis. He is widely published in various areas of theology, philosophy, and missiology in numerous academic journals, particularly on the thought of Kierkegaard and the theology of preaching. He also has research interests in the thought of Karl Barth, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, the Reformers, and the Great Awakeners, and has spoken at numerous academic conferences in Chicago, Durham, Edinburgh, London, Birmingham, Baltimore, and Copenhagen, and others. He is the author of A Theology of Preaching and Dialectic: Scriptural Tension, Heraldic Proclamation, and the Pneumatological Moment (London: T&T Clark, 2018). David J. Gouwens is Professor of Theology (Emeritus) at Brite Divinity School, USA. He is the author of Kierkegaard's Dialectic of the Imagination (1989), Kierkegaard as Religious Thinker (1996), and co-editor of The Paul L. Holmer Papers, 3 vols. (2012). He served as President of The Soren Kierkegaard Society of North America and most recently as Co-Chair of the Kierkegaard, Religion, and Culture Group of the American Academy of Religion.


This is an exceptionally well-conceived guide to Kierkegaard's theology. I very much appreciate, precisely as a systematic theologian, the way each contributor highlights Kierkegaard's concern that doctrine exists not for its own sake, but for the edification of disciples. These essays enable us to hear Kierkegaard's prophetic voice once again. * Kevin J. Vanhoozer, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, USA *
We readers of Kierkegaard have often developed ingenious strategies to downplay the religious in his authorship, either because we don't take it seriously or it indicts us. This Companion proves true Kierkegaard's claim that the authorship was religious from first to last, and clarifies how this is so at every turn. * Mark Tietjen, The Stony Brook School, USA. *
To consider Kierkegaard's theology, is not to indulge in a matter peripheral to his thought. It is to engage with the heart and soul of his entire project. This handbook covers all the key themes of Christian theology; it deals with Kierkegaard as a church historical figure, as a theologian in his own right, and as a crucial conversation partner for the present age. It is a rich resource, of great value for students of Kierkegaard, theologians, and theological Kierkegaardians alike. * Stephen Backhouse, Dean at Westminster Theological Centre and Director of Tent Theology, UK. *

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