A few years ago I interviewed one of my coworkers at the time who had completed his thesis on Kierkegaard. (Three parts: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3). Since then I’ve had a much greater appreciation for Kierkegaard. So I was pleased to see this new release from IVP Academic called Kierkegaard. Here’s the catalog description:
“Søren Kierkegaard (1813-1855) had a mission. The church had become weak, flabby and inconsequential. Being a Christian was more a cultural heritage than a spiritual reality. His mission—reintroduce the Christian faith to Christians.
How could he break through to people who were members of the church and thought they were Christians already? Like an Old Testament prophet, Kierkegaard used a variety of pointed and dramatic ways to shake people from their slumber. He incisively diagnosed the spiritual ailments of his age and offered a fresh take on classic Christian teaching.
Mark Tietjen thinks that Kierkegaard’s critique of his contemporaries strikes close to home today. We also need to listen to one of the most insightful yet complex Christian thinkers of any era. Through an examination of core Christian doctrines—the person of Jesus Christ, human nature, Christian witness and love—Tietjen helps us hear Kierkegaard’s missionary message to a church that often fails to follow Christ with purity of heart.”
Church history fans will enjoy this and those, like myself, who have struggled to understand the great Danish philosopher. Struggle no more. Help is here.
Kierkegaard is a paperback with 192 pages and sells for $20.00.
Mark A. Tietjen (PhD, Baylor University) is chaplain and Grace Palmer Johnston Chair of Bible at The Stony Brook School in Stony Brook, New York. He previously served as associate professor and program director of philosophy at the University of West Georgia. Former secretary-treasurer of the Søren Kierkegaard Society, Tietjen is the author of Kierkegaard, Communication, and Virtue: Authorship as Edification and his articles have appeared in a variety of journals and books, including Faith and Philosophy, International Philosophical Quarterly and the Journal of Psychology and Christianity.