Kierkegaard's Relevance to the Contemporary Church

Speaker(s): Stephen Evans
Date: July 31 - Aug 4, 2006
Length: 11:51:03
Product ID: RGDL3637S

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This course is an overview of the philosophical and theological work of Soren Kierkegaard, focusing on issues that are important to Christians attempting to understand the contemporary situation. These issues include Kierkegaard's understanding of the 'esthetic life' and the increasing estheticization of politics and religion, the relation between conventional morality, Christian ethics and true faith, religious truth and the relation between knowing the truth and doing the truth, an understanding of human persons as spiritual, bodily creatures, and the relation between sin and various forms of human dysfunction. Throughout we look at the ways Kierkegaard provides criticisms of both modernism and what would later be termed 'postmodernism.' Lectures include:

  • Intro to Kierkegaard's Life and Writings
  • Intro to Major Themes
  • Kierkegaard's Concept of the Esthetic Life
  • The Ethical Life
  • Faith and Incarnation
  • Truth as Subjectivity but not Subjective
  • Sin, Despair, and Selfhood
  • Ethic of Neighbor Love
  • Thinking in a Postmodern World

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C. Stephen Evans is Distinguished Professor of Philosophy and Humanities at Baylor University, Texas. He has written numerous books including Kierkegaard's Ethic of Love: Divine Commands and Moral Obligations, The Historical Christ and the Jesus of Faith: The Incarnational Narrative as History, Passionate Reason: Making Sense of Kierkegaard's Philosophical Fragments, Preserving the Person, Wisdom and Humanness in Psychology, Subjectivity and Religious Belief: An Historical, Critical Study and The Quest for Faith: Reason and Mystery as Pointers to God.

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