The Gospel According to Kierkegaard

I’ve been reading Kierkegaard for years, but I’ve never read this until today. It is easily my favorite I’ve ever read, in the best sermon of his I’ve ever read, “The High Priest”, which can be found in Discourses at the Communion on Fridays, translated by Sylvia Walsh. The whole collection is fabulous, as is her opening essay. Here, more than any other work I know, you see Kierkegaard applying the Gospel in its clearest form to the broken, hurting, lonely, tempted, and tried:

Gospel According Kierkegaard

For more Kierkegaardian reflections on Jesus’ High priesthood, you can read here.

Soli Deo Gloria

8 thoughts on “The Gospel According to Kierkegaard

  1. (1) I like your picture better without the cap
    (2) I love Kierkegaard — especially the parts I can understand. He is difficult, so it’s always of benefit to find some of his practical applications of the truths of Christianity online. Thanks for the post.
    (3) I posted a brief article on my web page entitled Kierkegaard: Faith and Offense in the light of Absurdity if you’re interested. Hope you don’t mind that I posted the web page location here.

  2. KIerkegaard as a theologin is brilliant – have you read ‘Concluding Unscienific Postcript’, or ‘Philosophical Fragments’? His method for approaching christology in those works is absolutely profund.

    • Philosophical Fragments was deeply influential for me. Still haven’t read the postscript. You are absolutely right, though. As a theology of the incarnation and revelation it is fabulous.

      • His use of fluid reasoning was brilliant, imo – very true to the nature of the incarnation. How about ‘Spiritual writings’, or ‘Works of Love,’? I pretty much believe that those two volumes capture the complete heart of Kierkegaard.

    • He treats the concept of sin in his book “Sickness Unto Death,” though his understanding of what “sin” is in that book is unique and psychological. He deals with it a little more easily, I think, in his book “Works of Love,” which has a lot on forgiveness. Forgiveness and atonement comes up again in “Practice in Christianity.”

  3. I loved “The Lily of the Field and the Bird of the Air”. My favorite of his works. Short but profound. Outside the bible, I consider it one of the most beautifully written and most meaningful books I have ever read. The thing I love about Kierkegaard is he doesn’t tell you what to think, he tells you to think.

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