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|Title: Kierkegaard and the Paradox of Religious Diversity|
By: George B. Connell
Number of Pages: 208
Vendor: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.
Publication Date: 2016
|Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 (inches)|
Weight: 11 ounces
Series: Kierkegaard as a Christian Thinker
Stock No: WW868046
Connell unpacks an underlying tension in Kierkegaard, revealing both universalistic and particularistic tendencies in his thought. Kierkegaards paradoxical vision of religious diversity, says Connell, allows for both respectful coexistence with people of different faiths and authentic commitment to ones own faith. Though Kierkegaard lived and wrote in a context very different from ours, this nuanced study shows that his searching reflections on religious faith remain highly relevant in our world today.
"George Connells long engagements with the problem of religious pluralism and with the writings of Kierkegaard come together fruitfully here. . . . A work of mature scholarship, filled with challenging and illuminating insights."
J. Aaron Simmons
"This book is a game-changer in Kierkegaard studies. Connell argues with clarity and rigor that Kierkegaards thought is instructive for addressing religious diversity in the contemporary world. Avoiding mere abstraction, Connell courageously models the engagement that he calls for by setting Kierkegaard into dialogue with Confucius and by looking at Kierkegaards reading of the Akedah in light of 9/11. Anyone who attempts to think about Kierkegaards social relevance will need to go through this book to do so."
Carl S. Hughes
Texas Lutheran University
"Writing at a time when Christian theologians were (re)discovering religious diversity, Kierkegaard can sometimes seem like an ostrich with his head in the sand. Connell makes a persuasive case that Kierkegaards meditations on paradox, particularity, uncertainty, and anxiety can nonetheless inform Christian thinking on religious diversity in constructive ways. This is a much-needed exploration of an important topic."
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