Kierkegaard And The Self Before God: Anatomy Of The Abyss

Paperback | February 1, 2011

bySimon D. Podmore

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Simon D. Podmore claims that becoming a self before God is both a divine gift and an anxious obligation. Before we can know God, or ourselves, we must come to a moment of recognition. How this comes to be, as well as the terms of such acknowledgment, are worked out in Podmore's powerful new reading of Kierkegaard. As he gives full consideration to Kierkegaard's writings, Podmore explores themes such as despair, anxiety, melancholy, and spiritual trial, and how they are broken by the triumph of faith, forgiveness, and the love of God. He confronts the abyss between the self and the divine in order to understand how we can come to know ourselves in relation to a God who is apparently so wholly Other.

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Simon D. Podmore claims that becoming a self before God is both a divine gift and an anxious obligation. Before we can know God, or ourselves, we must come to a moment of recognition. How this comes to be, as well as the terms of such acknowledgment, are worked out in Podmore's powerful new reading of Kierkegaard. As he gives full cons...

Simon D. Podmore is Gordon Milburn Junior Research Fellow at Trinity College and British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow in the Faculty of Theology, University of Oxford. He has published in Literature and Theology, Journal of Psychology & Theology, and International Kierkegaard Commentary. He is also the Secretary of the Søren Kierkegaard...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:280 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.75 inPublished:February 1, 2011Publisher:Indiana University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0253222826

ISBN - 13:9780253222824

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Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
List of Abbreviations
1. Introduction: Anatomy of the Abyss
2. The Inner Abyss
3. The Abyss of Melancholy
4. The Melancholy Theophany
5. The Allegory of Yisrael
6. The Anatomy of Spiritual Trial
7. The Gaze of the Abyss
8. Conclusions: The (Im)possible and the (Un)forgivable
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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"A reading of Kierkegaard the theologian without setting itself needlessly in opposition to readings of Kierkegaard the philosopher. Highly persuasive and significant." -Rick Anthony Furtak, Colorado College