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The Genealogy of Violence: Reflections on Creation, Freedom, and Evil

Charles K. Bellinger


In the twentieth century, many thinkers have put forward theories that purport to explain the motivations underlying the violent behavior of human beings. This book presents Kierkegaard's thought as offering a way of interpreting violent behavior that is superior to the alternatives. The basic elements of Kierkegaard's psychology are drawn out of his published and unpublished works, concentrating on The Concept of Anxiety, Works of Love, and The Sickness unto Death. Violence, most fundamentally, arises out of human resistance to the possibility of psychological change and growth into maturity. ... More

Keywords: atonement, Barth, Christian, creation, evil, Girard, Hitler, Kierkegaard, violence, Voegelin

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2001 Print ISBN-13: 9780195134988
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003 DOI:10.1093/0195134982.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Charles K. Bellinger, author
Brite Divinity School, Fortworth, Texas
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