Pascal and Kierkegaard
A two-volume study in the strategy of Christian evangelism as developed by two of its greatest exponents, set in the framework of biographical studies, which stand in their own right as scholarly contributions to the literature of their respective subjects....
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A two-volume study in the strategy of Christian evangelism as developed by two of its greatest exponents, set in the framework of biographical studies, which stand in their own right as scholarly contributions to the literature of their respective subjects. Although far separated in time and tradition, Pascal and Kierkegaard both insisted that self-complacent humanity needs first to be disturbed, and then comforted, by the Gospel. Most of the book is occupied by a thorough review of the lives and works of the two men, in such a way as to ring out their significant place in the spiritual history of modern Europe. But the author's purpose throughout is not merely biographical. He goes on to compare the conception and execution of their evangelistic tasks in a way which brings out the remarkable consensus between them; and in an epilogue he draws conclusions relating this historical study to the tasks and methods of modern evangelism.
- Contents:" " Vol 1" " Part One: Blaise Pascal" I The World He Lived In" The Political Scene" The Spiritual Climate" Religious Life And Thought" " Ii. Port-royal, Saint-cyran, Jansen" The First Reforms At Port-royal" Saint-cyran And Port-royal" Jansen And The Augustinus" Saint-cyran's Influence And Successors" " Iii. The Life Of Blaise Pascal: Part I, 1623-1654" The Early Days: 1623-1645" The Experimental Stage: 1646-1651" Flight And Surrender: 1651-1654" " Iv. The Life Of Blaise Pascal: Part Ii, 1655-1662" Soldier Of Christ: 1655-1658" Fisher Of Men: 1657-1662" " V. The Development Of Pascal's Thought" The Influence Of The Bible On Pascal's Thought" The Influence Of Science On Pascal's Thought" The Influence Of Social Intercourse On Pascal's Thought" The Influence Of Philosophy On Pascal's Thought" The Influence Of The Second Conversion On Pascal's Thought" The Problem Of Grace In Pascal's Later Thought" " Vi. Pascal Prepares For The Apology" Bible Study And The Apology" Pascal's Apology And Earlier Apologies" The Search For An Adequate Apologetic Method" (a) The Problem Of Proof" (b) The Problem Of Choice" " Vii. The Strategy Of The Apology " The Documents In The Case " Pascal's Design" " Viii. The Apology" First Part: Disturbing Man's Complacency" (1) From Self-love To Knowledge Of One's Misery" (2) From Despair To Knowledge Of One's Greatness" (3) The Return To The True End Of Man" Second Part: Leading The Disturbed Man To God" (a) The Way To Faith" (1) Guidance Through Disillusionment" (2) A Religion Which Shows Man Who He Is" (3) The Need For Choice: The Wager Argument." (4) Reason And Custom" (5) The Heart As An Organ Of Faith" (6) False And True Humility" (b) The Historic Christian Faith" (1) The Witness Of The Old Testament To Christ" (2) The Witness Of The New Testament To Christ" (3) The Credentials Of The Christian Church" (4) Church History As The History Of The Truth" (c) The Christian Life" (1) The Contrary Truths Held Together" (2), The Order Of Charity" (3) Inclina Cor Meum: Incline My Heart" " Ix. Pascal's Significance As A Champion Of Christianity" The Biblical Character Of Pascal's Thought" The Defects Of Pascal's Qualities " Pascal As A Lay Apologist " Pascal's Evangelistic Purpose " Pascal As A Psychologist" Pascal's Influence On The History Of Thought " Pascal's Asceticism" " Vol 2" " Part Two: Sooren Kierkegaard" " I. The World He Lived In" The Political Scene" The Spiritual Climate" 1. Romanticism" 2. Romanticism And Idealism" 3. Hegelianisim" Religious Life And Thought" " Ii. The Life Of Sooren Kierkegaard: Part I, 1813-1838" Childhood And Schooldays" University And Earthquake" Prodigal Son" The Joy Of Reconciliation" " Iii. The Life Of Sooren Kierkegaard: Part Ii, 1838-1848 6" The Queen Of His Heart" A Spy In A Higher Service" Country Pastor Or Minister Extraordinary?" " V. The Life Of Sooren Kierkegaard: Part Iii, 1848-1853 10" "my Whole Nature Is Changed" " The Deadly Sickness Of Danish Christendom" Aliis In Serviendo Consumor" The Judgement Hangs In Suspense" Final Dedication And Inward Peace" " V. The Life Or Sooren Kierkegaard: Part Iv, 1853-1855 13" Kierkegaard And Mynster" Kierkegaard And Martensen" The Campaign In The Newspapers" Acting Catastrophically" The Midnight Cry" The Instant" Physical Collapse: Spiritual Victory" " Vi. The Problem Of Becoming A Christian" Aestheticism And Religion" The Way Of Life Appropriate To An Author Of This Kind" Divine Governance And Kierkegaard's Work" Back To Simplicity" A Crowd Is Untruth: A Single Individual Is Truth" "the Individual" Is The Category Of The Spirit" From Double-mindedness To Purity Of Heart" " Vii. The Attack On Romantic Aestheticism" General Introduction To The Study Of Kierkegaard's. Works " The Aesthetic Way Of Life" Either/or" Repetition" Fear And Trembling" The Concept Of Anguish" Stages On Life's Road" Conclusion" " Viii.the Attack On Speculative Idealism" Philosophical Crumbs" Concluding Unscientific Postscript" " Ix. Back To Christianity" The Sickness Unto Death" Training In Christianity" " X. Attack And Appeal" Breaking Down False Securities" Building Up Loyalty And Confidence" " Xi. Kirkegaard's Significance As A Champion Of Christianity" Some Previous Estimates" Can Kierkegaard Be Called An Apologist?" Kierkegaard's Conception Of The Christian Faith" Sooren Kierkegaard, The Man" " Part Three: Pascal And Kierkegaard As Christian Strategists" I.the Men And Their Times" Their Insight Into The Dichotomy Of Modern Man" Their Personal Resemblances And Differences" The Biblical Basis Of Their Thought" Their Common Aim" Their Ways Of Approach To Their Task" " Ii. Bringing Man To Face The Issues Of Life" The Present Condition Of Man Man's" Evasion Of The Issues Of Life" Back To Reality!" Thought Versus Existence" " Iii.leading Man Into The Presence Of God" The Paradox Of The Christian Faith" Faith As A Choice And A Gift" The Christian Life" " Iv.the Cross Of Jesus Christ" " Epilogue Towards A Strategy For Evangelism To-day" " I. The Relevance Of The Present Study To The Issues Of The Hour" The Missionary Situation Of The Church" Eristic Apologetics" A Recall To Personal Responsibility" An Answer To The Spiritual Needs Of The Individual" An Approach To Evangelism" Changing And Permanent Elements In Christian Apologetics" " Ii. The Split In Reality" Unilinear Versus Dimensional Thinking" The Prophetic Vision Of The World And Human Life" The Approach To The Non-christian World" " Iii. The Spirit Of The Age As Antichrist" The Spirit Of The Modern Age" Vitalism" Collectivism" The Challenge To The Church" The Collapse Of Christendom" The Oecumenical Church" " Iv. A Strategy For Evangelism39" The Task And Method Of Christian Apologetics" Christianity On The Offensive " The Man And The Message