Søren Kierkegaard (1813–1855) stood apart from the other philosophers of his day. He was less concerned with debates over abstract concepts of philosophy than with the working out of how one should live one’s daily life. He believed that living Christianly should not be a matter of whether one holds the correct beliefs or dogma; Christianity is an experience, something which we must choose to live each day.
Kierkegaard’s thoughts and ideas apply directly to our fractured society today, explains Michael Stark. As the modern world has become smaller, it has become more divisive and argumentative. It seems that with the more information we have access to, the more fearful we – Christian communities included – are becoming.
Through an examination of topics such as truth, faith, selfhood, and love, Stark introduces us to the teaching of Kierkegaard, and demonstrates how this prophetic voice from the past can help us navigate the hostile and combative climate of today.
Michael Stark is a philosopher who has taught at Colorado Christian University and Trinity Christian College. He writes for the Huffington Post.
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