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The Terrible Crystal

Studies in Kierkegaard and Modern Christianity, 1st Edition

By Melville Chaning-Pearce


256 pages

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Consisting of studies in Christian thought in relation to catastrophe, this book particularly looks at the ideas of Soren Kierkegaard and Karl Barth. When it was first published in 1940 this important investigation of ‘existential reality’ presented the view that the climate of crisis and catastrophe is also the essential climate of real religion. It addressed questions of the time surrounding war and religion. Calling for a rebirth of religion, this personal account tries to understand the thinking of Kierkegaard and similar contemporaries and expose their importance in considering the nature of religion.

Table of Contents

Prologue 1. Denmark’s Dead Men 2. The Theology of Crisis 3. The Theology of Eclipse 4. Transcendence 5. Barth and Beyond 6. Guidance and Magic 7. Facilis Descendus Averni 8. Beyond the Tragic Climax 9. The Gentile and the Jew. Epilogue

About the Series

Routledge Library Editions: Philosophy of Religion

Reissuing seminal works originally published between 1901 and 1991, Routledge Library Editions: Philosophy of Religion offers a selection of outstanding scholarship covering many aspects of philosophical enquiry into belief and faith. Topics include the history of atheism, natural religion, Christian ethics and the human soul. Some books look specifically at philosophers such as Hobbes, Plato, Kant, Feuerbach, Kierkegaard and Pascal. From classic works by Edward Westermarck, John Laird and G.D. Hicks to more recent investigations, this set contains important works by the likes of D.Z. Phillips, Frederick Ferré and A.C. Ewing making it an essential collection of these previously out-of-print works in a key subject.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PHILOSOPHY / Religious
RELIGION / Philosophy