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Kierkegaard's Theology of Encounter: An Edifying and Polemical Life

David Lappano


This book provides a theoretical framework that brings the unity of Kierkegaard’s ‘middle period’ into relief. It analyses Kierkegaard’s writings between 1846 and 1852 when, it is argued, the socially constructive dimension of his thought comes to prominence, involving two dialectical aspects of religiousness identified by Kierkegaard: they are the edifying and the polemical. How these come together and get worked out in the lives of individuals forms the basis of what can be called a Kierkegaardian ‘social praxis’. The author argues that the tension between the edifying and the polemical can ... More

Keywords: Kierkegaard, religiousness, philosophy, theology

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Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780198792437
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2017 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198792437.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David Lappano, author
Centre for Christian Studies

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Part I Kierkegaard’s Social and Intellectual Context

Part II Encountering the Self before God in Confession and Communion: The Edifying and the Polemical in the Individual

Part III Encountering the Public and Encountering the Neighbour: The Edifying and the Polemical in the World

Part IV Encountering Christendom and Encountering Disciples: The Edifying and the Polemical in the Church

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