Volume 5, Tome II: Kierkegaard and the Renaissance and Modern Traditions - Theology: 1st Edition (e-Book) book cover

Volume 5, Tome II: Kierkegaard and the Renaissance and Modern Traditions - Theology

1st Edition

Edited by Jon Stewart


282 pages

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The long period from the Renaissance to the nineteenth century supplied numerous sources for Kierkegaard's thought in any number of different fields. The present, rather heterogeneous volume covers the long period from the birth of Savonarola in 1452 through the beginning of the nineteenth century and into Kierkegaard's own time. The Danish thinker read authors representing vastly different traditions and time periods. Moreover, he also read a diverse range of genres. His interests concerned not just philosophy, theology and literature but also drama and music. The present volume consists of three tomes that are intended to cover Kierkegaard's sources in these different fields of thought. Tome II is dedicated to the wealth of theological and religious sources from the beginning of the Reformation to Kierkegaard's own day. It examines Kierkegaard's relations to some of the key figures of the Reformation period, from the Lutheran, Reformed and Catholic traditions. It thus explores Kierkegaard's reception of theologians and spiritual authors of various denominations, most of whom are known to history primarily for their exposition of practical spirituality rather than theological doctrine. Several of the figures investigated here are connected to the Protestant tradition of Pietism that Kierkegaard was familiar with from a very early stage. The main figures in this context include the "forefather" of Pietism Johann Arndt, the Reformed writer Gerhard Tersteegen, and the Danish author Hans Adolph Brorson. With regard to Catholicism, Kierkegaard was familiar with several popular figures of Catholic humanism, Post-Tridentine theology and Baroque spirituality, such as François Fénelon, Ludwig Blosius and Abraham a Sancta Clara. He was also able to find inspiration in highly controversial and original figures of the Renaissance and the early Modern period, such as Girolamo Savonarola or Jacob Böhme, the latter of whom was at the time an en vogue topic among trendsetting philosophers and theologians such as Hegel, Franz von Baader, Schelling and Hans Lassen Martensen.

Table of Contents

Contents: Abraham a SanctaClara: an aphoristic encyclopedia of Christian wisdom, Peter Å ajda; Johann Arndt: the pietist impulse in Kierkegaard and17th-century Lutheran devotional literature, Joseph Ballan; Ludovicus Blosius: a frightful satire on Christendom, Peter Å ajda; Jacob Böhme; the ambiguous legacy of speculative passion, Lee C. Barrett; Hans Adolph Brorson: Danish pietism's greatest hymn writer and his relation to Kierkegaard, Christopher B. Barnett; John Calvin: Kierkegaard and the question of the law's 3rd use, David Yoon-Jung Kim; Erasmus of Rotterdam: Kierkegaard's hints at a Christian humanist, Finn Gredal Jensen; François de Salignac de la Mothe-Fénelon: clearing the way for The Sickness Unto Death, Peter Å ajda; August Hermann Francke: Kierkegaard on the kernel and the husk of pietist theology, Joseph Ballan; Thomas Kingo: an investigation of the poet's and hymnist's impact on Kierkegaard, Christopher B. Barnett; Martin Luther: reform, secularization, and the question of his 'true successor', David Yoon-Jung Kim and Joel D.S. Rasmussen; Hieronimus Savonarola: Kierkegaard's model for the blood-witness, Ivan Z. Sørensen; Gerhard Tersteegen: Kierkegaard's reception of a man of 'noble piety and simple wisdom', Christopher B. Barnett; Indexes.

About the Editor

Jon Stewart, Søren Kierkegaard Research Centre, 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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