By Christopher B. Barnett

Søren Kierkegaard has been known as many stuff, from brooding genius and "melancholy Dane" to the daddy of existentialism. but, instead of make clear the character of Kierkegaard’s writings, such labels have usually obscured different vital features of his authorship. Such, certainly, is the case with Kierkegaard’s status as a religious author.

In From depression to religion: The Spirituality of Søren Kierkegaard, Christopher B. Barnett endeavors to therapy this challenge. He does so in overarching methods. First, he orients the reader to Kierkegaard’s grounding within the Christian religious culture, in addition to to the Dane’s personal authorial tension on issues reminiscent of upbuilding, religious trip, and religion. moment, Barnett continues that Kierkegaard’s spirituality is healthier understood during the quite a few "pictures" that populate his authorship. those photos are deemed "icons of faith," due to the fact Kierkegaard continuously recommends that the reader reflect on them. during this method, they either characterize and converse what Kierkegaard sees because the success of Christian existence.

In the tip, then, From depression to religion not just deals a brand new means of impending Kierkegaard's writings, but in addition exhibits how they could serve to light up and to deepen one's dating with the divine.

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Dante Contents Abbreviations for Kierkegaard’s Works Preface xi xiii 1. Kierkegaard as religious author 2. Kierkegaard on God, Self, and the non secular trip 25 three. Kierkegaard and the Aesthetics of the Icon sixty three four. Icons of religion: The flora and fauna 87 five. Icons of religion: The Bible 131 Works mentioned 187 Index of Kierkegaard's Works 197 Index of Names and matters 201 1 Abbreviations for Kierkegaard’s Works Danish1 SKS Pap. English2 CUP1 EO1 EO2 EUD toes JP KJN LD M computing device PV SLW SUD TD UDVS WA WL Søren Kierkegaards Skrifter (1997–2013) Søren Kierkegaards Papirer (1909–48) Concluding Unscientific Postscript to “Philosophical Fragments,” Vol. 1 (1992) Either/Or, Vol. 1 (1987) Either/Or, Vol. 2 (1987) Eighteen Upbuilding Discourses (1990) worry and Trembling (1983) Søren Kierkegaard’s Journals and Papers, Vols. 1–7 (1967–78) Kierkegaard’s Journals and Notebooks (2007–) Letters and records (1978) “The second” and overdue Writings (1998) perform in Christianity (1991) the viewpoint (1998) phases on Life’s manner (1988) The disorder unto dying (1980) 3 Discourses on Imagined events (1993) Upbuilding Discourses in quite a few Spirits (1993) with out Authority (1997) Works of affection (1995) 1. See the Works brought up part for entire info. 2. aside from Søren Kierkegaard’s Journals and Papers and Kierkegaard’s Journals and Notebooks, all abbreviations during this record correspond to versions of Kierkegaard’s Writings, edited through Howard and Edna Hong. back, see Works stated for additional info. xi Preface Literary critic Harold Bloom has outlined “genius” as “a secret of the capacious attention. ”1 What he skill through this word isn't as difficult because it could seem. For Bloom, the genius has the extraordinary skill to visualize and to engender an abundance of views, either one of and past the period of time during which she lives. This, although, isn't an remoted capability. throughout the inventive method, the genius additionally deepens and expands the notice of her viewers. consequently, a piece of genius impacts individuals in ways in which a basically shrewdpermanent one can't. Genius, particularly actually, shapes the individuals who stumble upon it, whether this influence are usually not as vast because the cognizance that produced it. Bloom himself classifies Søren Kierkegaard’s genius as an openness to the “power of wisdom,”2 yet, in such an opinion, he's rarely by myself. As George Pattison places it, “[T]he checklist of philosophers, theologians, writers and artists who owe an said debt to [Kierkegaard] reads like a Who’s Who of Western tradition during the last hundred years. ”3 certainly, if somebody should be stated to have had a 1. Harold Bloom, Genius: A Mosaic of 1 Hundred Exemplary inventive Minds (New York: Warner Books, 2002), five. 2. Ibid. , xiii. additionally see 189ff. three. George Pattison, Kierkegaard and the drawback of religion (London: SPCK, 1997), 1. xiii From depression to religion “capacious consciousness,” definitely it truly is Kierkegaard. yet this energy has—as Bloom predicates of all geniuses—served to complicate the historic reception of Kierkegaard.

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