Tag: Søren Kierkegaard

Christian Humanist Profiles 87: Kierkegaard: A Single Life

Søren Kierkegaard’s enduring popularity might be due as much to his unconventional and fascinating life as to his writing. Most of our listeners are, I’m sure, familiar with its central event, Kierkegaard’s broken engagement to Regine Olsen, echoes of which recur throughout his philosophy, but many of us have trouble contextualizing that engagement with the…

Christian Humanist Profiles 66: The Hong Kierkegaard Library

Perhaps no one has done more for the reputation of Søren Kierkegaard in the English-speaking world than Howard and Edna Hong, who translated the vast majority of his writings from Danish. Their work is available in an accessible series of volumes from Princeton University Press, and our listeners who have read much Kierkegaard at all…

The Christian Humanist Podcast, Episode #163: Listener Feedback

The Christian Humanists respond to listener emails. [0:00] An announcement from David Grubbs! [5:05] Why Christian Existentialism? [9:12] Kierkegaard and Christendom [17:41] John McAdams and academic freedom [27:09] More holy fools [30:15] Episode suggestions [35:43] John Adams insults / Thomas Jefferson and the French Revolution. Also, Assassin’s Creed [39:58] The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (and Fuller…

Christian Suffering and Divine Alienation

I know of no book more convicting than Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s The Cost of Discipleship; read this book closely and seriously enough, and you will likely have to stop calling yourself a Christian. Bonhoeffer’s stark and savage denunciation of Christendom surpasses even Kierkegaard’s and shines a floodlight on the reader’s embrace of civic religion and what…

A Primer on Religious Existentialism, Pt. 6: Apologetics

I grew up at the tail-end of the Evangelical Apologetics Explosion. Somewhat arbitrarily, I’m selecting as the apex of that movement the year 1999. (I use that date because of the publication of Josh McDowell’s New Evidence That Demands a Verdict, but that was also the year of Norman Geisler’s Encyclopedia of Christian Apologetics and…

Alienation, Existentialism, and the Theological Hole

Alienation is such a major fixation for existentialists that it can be easy to forget that they didn’t invent it. (Students, like me, of Christian existentialism are more likely to say that the Hebrew Bible invented the concept, which was then preserved like a faithful remnant in the writings of St. Augustine, Blaise Pascal, etc.,…

More on Marriage

I keep thinking about marriage lately, especially as I’ve been reading about Søren Kierkegaard, who, depending on how you spin it, is either the institution’s greatest advocate or its greatest enemy. Some biographical information may be necessary here. In September 1840, Kierkegaard became engaged to one Regine Olsen. There is no doubt he was deeply…