Kierkegaard and Spirituality: Accountability as the Meaning of Human Existence
: We live spiritually when we live in the presence of God. The Danish philosopher Søren Kierkegaard is often read for his contributions to Christian theology, but he also has much to offer about spirituality-both Christian and more generally...
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We live spiritually when we live in the presence of God.
The Danish philosopher Søren Kierkegaard is often read for his contributions to Christian theology, but he also has much to offer about spirituality-both Christian and more generally human.
C. Stephen Evans assesses Kierkegaard's belief that true spirituality should be seen as accountability: the grateful recognition of our existence as gift. Spirituality takes on a Christian flavor when one recognizes in Jesus Christ the human incarnation of the God who gives us being. In this clearly written and substantive book a leading scholar on Kierkegaard's thought makes Kierkegaard's contributions to spirituality accessible not only to philosophers and theologians but to pastors, spiritual directors, and lay Christians.
The Kierkegaard and Christian Thought series, coedited by C. Stephen Evans and Paul Martens, aims to promote an enriched understanding of nineteenth-century philosopher-theologian Søren Kierkegaard in relation to other key figures in theology and key theological concepts.
C. Stephen Evans (Ph.D., Yale University) is Distinguished University Professor of Philosophy and the Humanities at Baylor University. He previously taught in the philosophy departments at Calvin College, St. Olaf College and Wheaton College.
His publications include Why Believe: Reason and Mystery as Pointers to God(Eerdmans, 1996); The Historical Christ and the Jesus of Faith: The Incarnational Narrative as History (Oxford, 1996); Faith Beyond Reason (Edinburgh University Press, Eerdmans,1998); Pocket Dictionary of Philosophy of Religion and Apologetics (InterVarsity Press, 2002), Philosophy of Religion (InterVarsity Press, 1985/ 2009), and Kierkegaard's Ethic of Love: Divine Commands and Moral Requirements (Oxford, 2004)
Some of his most recent works include Kierkegaard: An Introduction (Cambridge, 2009); and Exploring Kenotic Christology: The Self-Emptying of God