Volume 10, Tome III: Kierkegaard's Influence on Theology: Catholic and Jewish Theology, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

Volume 10, Tome III: Kierkegaard's Influence on Theology

Catholic and Jewish Theology, 1st Edition

Edited by Jon Stewart


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Kierkegaard has always enjoyed a rich reception in the fields of theology and religious studies. This reception might seem obvious given that he is one of the most important Christian writers of the nineteenth century, but Kierkegaard was by no means a straightforward theologian in any traditional sense. He had no enduring interest in some of the main fields of theology such as church history or biblical studies, and he was strikingly silent on many key Christian dogmas. Moreover, he harbored a degree of animosity towards the university theologians and churchmen of his own day. Despite this, he has been a source of inspiration for numerous religious writers from different denominations and traditions. Tome III explores the reception of Kierkegaard's thought in the Catholic and Jewish theological traditions. In the 1920s Kierkegaard's intellectual and spiritual legacy became widely discussed in the Catholic Hochland Circle, whose members included Theodor Haecker, Romano Guardini, Alois Dempf and Peter Wust. Another key figure of the mid-war years was the prolific Jesuit author Erich Przywara. During and especially after World War II Kierkegaard's ideas found an echo in the works of several trend-setting Catholic theologians of the day such as Hans Urs von Balthasar, Henri de Lubac and the popular spiritual author Thomas Merton. The second part of Tome III focuses on the reception of Kierkegaard's thought in the Jewish theological tradition, introducing the reader to authors who significantly shaped Jewish religious thought both in the United States and in Israel. These theologians represent a variety of religious and political backgrounds: the spiritual world of Hasidism, Modern Orthodox Judaism of Mithnaggedic origin, and Modern Religious Zionism.


'Kierkegaard Research: Sources, Reception and Resources is continuing to prove a remarkable achievement, and is cumulatively providing an important point of reference for all those working on Kierkegaard, whether they are specialists looking to follow up on some aspect of his work or its reception that lies outside the purview of their own research or whether they are novices looking for a way ’in’, perhaps so as to check out why or how Kierkegaard relates to their own primary field of study… The systematic organization of the work means that topics that have often been neglected in writing about Kierkegaard get their due, a comment that is particularly relevant to the present volume, since the significance of Kierkegaard for the Catholic thinkers dealt with here has tended to fall beneath the horizon of their commentators, at least in the English-speaking world… Like other volumes in the series, this contains work of very high quality, thoroughly researched and clearly presented… the essays are of a consistently high quality, very thorough, and, in addition to filling out the overall historical narrative of Kierkegaard reception occasionally offer surprising and even provoking angles on the Kierkegaard texts themselves.' Marginalia

Table of Contents

Contents: Part I Catholic Theology: Hans Urs von Balthasar: persuasive forms or offensive signs? Kierkegaard and the problems of theological aesthetics, Joseph Ballan; Eugen Biser: rediscovering 'Christology from inside', Ulli Roth; Romano Guardini: between actualistic personalism, qualitative dialectic and kinetic logic, Peter Šajda; Friedrich von Hügel: Kierkegaard as non-mystical ascetic and one-sided defender of transcendence, David R. Law; Henri de Lubac: locating Kierkegaard amid the 'drama' of Nietzschean humanism, Christopher B. Barnett; Thomas Merton: Kierkegaard, Merton and authenticity, Erik M. Hanson; Erich Przywara: Catholicism's great expositor of the 'mystery' of Kierkegaard, Christopher B. Barnett. Part II Jewish Theology: Abraham Joshua Heschel: Heschel's use of Kierkegaard as cohort in depth theology, Jack Mulder Jr; Abraham Isaac Kook: faith of awe and love, Tamar Aylat-Yaguri; J.B. Soloveitchik: between neo-Kantianism and Kierkegaardian existentialism, David D. Possen; Indexes.

About the Editor

Jon Stewart is an Associate Research Professor in the Søren Kierkegaard Research Centre at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark.

About the Series

Kierkegaard Research: Sources, Reception and Resources

Kierkegaard Research: Sources, Reception and Resources
The Kierkegaard Research Series is a multi volume series dedicated to a systematic coverage of all aspects of Kierkegaard Studies. Interdisciplinary in nature, the series combines articles on philosophy, theology, literature, psychology and history written by the leading international Kierkegaard scholars arranged into thematically organised volumes. Each volume contains a detailed introduction, written by the editors, which traces the history of the given theme in Kierkegaard studies and an extensive index making it easy to find where the specific themes, works and persons are treated. Under the editorial supervision and organisation of the Søren Kierkegaard Research Centre at The University of Copenhagen, this series serves as both a reference work for Kierkegaard students and as a forum for new research. The series is divided into three main parts; 'Kierkegaard’s Sources' includes articles which perform source-work research in order to discover and document the numerous sources of Kierkegaard’s thought; 'Kierkegaard's Reception' includes articles treating the countless aspects of the reception of Kierkegaard’s thought and writings in the different research traditions and the third section is for reference works including an extensive bibliography of works on Kierkegaard and a volume containing a list of the books Kierkegaard owned as they appear in the auction catalogue of his library. The Kierkegaard Research series is the most important, significant and comprehensive publishing treatment in English of the work and impact of Soren Kierkegaard.

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RELIGION / Theology