Kierkegaard and the Catholic Tradition

Kierkegaard and the Catholic Tradition

Conflict and Dialogue
JackJr. Mulder
Distribution: World
Publication date: 11/04/2010
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 978-0-253-22236-7
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Although Søren Kierkegaard, considered one of the most passionate Christian writers of the modern age, was a Lutheran, he was deeply dissatisfied with the Lutheran establishment of his day. Some scholars have said that he pushed his faith toward Catholicism. Placing Kierkegaard in sustained dialogue with the Catholic tradition, Jack Mulder, Jr., does not simply review Catholic reactions to or interpretations of Kierkegaard, but rather provides an extended look into convergences and differences on issues such as natural theology, natural moral law, Christian love, apostolic authority, the doctrine of hell, contrition for sins, the doctrine of purgatory, and the communion of saints. Through his analysis of Kierkegaard’s philosophy of religion, Mulder presents deeper possibilities for engagements between Protestantism and Catholicism.

Author Bio

Jack Mulder, Jr., is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Hope College. He is author of Mystical and Buddhist Elements in Kierkegaard’s Religious Thought.


“There have been many comments made about Kierkegaard and Catholicism by various writers, but this is the first serious look at the places where there may be coherence and where there is tension.”
 — C. Stephen Evans, Baylor University

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Table of Contents

List of Abbreviations and Frequently Cited Works
Part 1. Nature and Grace
1. Kierkegaard and Natural Reason: A Catholic Encounter
2. Is Abraham a Hero? The Natural Law and a Problem in Fear and Trembling
3. The Order of Love: The Love of Preference in Kierkegaard and the Catholic Tradition
4. The Catholic Moment? Apostolic Authority in Kierkegaard and the Catholic Tradition
Part 2. Sin, Justification, and Community
5. Must All Be Saved? A Kierkegaardian-Catholic Response to Theological Universalism
6. On Being Afraid of Hell: Kierkegaard and Catholicism on Imperfect Contrition
7. The Sickness unto Life: Justification in Kierkegaard and the Question of Purgatory
8. Kierkegaard and the Communion of Saints

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