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Kierkegaard and Spirituality
Accountability as the Meaning of Human Existence
PAPERBACK; Published: 10/29/2019
ISBN: 978-0-8028-7286-9
Price: $ 25.99
224 Pages
Trim Size, in inches: 6 x 9
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Series: Kierkegaard as a Christian Thinker

We live spiritually when we live in the presence of God.

The Danish philosopher Søren Kierkegaard is often read for his contributions to Christian theology, but he also has much to offer about spirituality—both Christian and more generally human. 

C. Stephen Evans assesses Kierkegaard’s belief that true spirituality should be seen as accountability: the grateful recognition of our existence as gift. Spirituality takes on a Christian flavor when one recognizes in Jesus Christ the human incarnation of the God who gives us being. In this clearly written and substantive book a leading scholar on Kierkegaard’s thought makes Kierkegaard’s contributions to spirituality accessible not only to philosophers and theologians but to pastors, spiritual directors, and lay Christians. 

The Kierkegaard and Christian Thought series, coedited by C. Stephen Evans and Paul Martens, aims to promote an enriched understanding of nineteenth-century philosopher-theologian Søren Kierkegaard in relation to other key figures in theology and key theological concepts.
Stephen Backhouse
— author of Kierkegaard: A Single Life and Kierkegaard’s Critique of Christian Nationalism
“There is a very short list of people who can communicate Kierkegaard clearly, and C. Stephen Evans is on that list. Evans has been reading and living Kierkegaard for over fifty years—his insights and arguments about Kierkegaard are always worth having. This book is no different. Kierkegaard is not usually thought of as a ‘spiritual writer” but, by drawing from the texts nearest and dearest to Kierkegaard’s heart, Evans creates a good case for seeing Kierkegaard as a humanist, Christian, and deeply spiritual guide to authentic living through accountability.”
Nicholas Wolterstorff
— Yale University
“Over and over Evans illuminates Kierkegaard’s always suggestive, but often dark and baffling, rhetoric. Over and over he shows that the conventional interpretation of Kierkegaard’s thought is mistaken. What emerges is a Kierkegaard I did not know—a Kierkegaard that most of us did not know. This is as good as commentaries get.”
Mark Tietjen
— author of Kierkegaard: A Christian Missionary to Christians
“C. Stephen Evans reminds us that while Kierkegaard is a distinctly Christian thinker, anyone interested in spirituality broadly understood has something to gain from one of the great masters of the human spirit. This book successfully demonstrates that Kierkegaard’s psychology and theology cannot be separated and that if you are interested in one, you must confront the other. This is Evans’s eighth book on Kierkegaard for a reason: somehow, he manages to uphold the integrity of each unique work under consideration while also proving the overall coherence of Kierkegaard’s authorship that each human is called to become a self before God.”
Rick Anthony Furtak
— Colorado College
“Along with its many other virtues, this book sheds light upon the Danish thinker’s favorable treatment of faith defined more widely—sometimes as Socratic, but also as what may be called Abrahamic, insofar as it involves trust in a distinctly personal God. In Kierkegaard and Spirituality, Evans gives due attention to Christianity in a strict sense, admirably parting company with the great Dane when his religious vision becomes too strict in some very late writings.”
Christianity Today
“Is Kierkegaard a saint for our time? I don’t know. But I do believe the time is ripe for him to (re)enter discussions on spiritual formation. As Evans ably displays, Kierkegaard is the sort of spiritual director who is unwilling to separate right living from holy living, or ethics from spirituality. . . . It’s unlikely that Kierkegaard gets read in the same class or small group as Dallas Willard or Eugene Peterson. But after reading Evans, one comes away thinking he should.”
Church Times
“Evans really understands Kierkegaard at a deep level; and this is no mean achievement. Not for him the glib ideas of Kierkegaard as advocating a ‘leap of faith’ or being the ‘father of existentialism’. He shows Kierkegaard to be a profound Christian writer who seeks to show the existential truth of religion and Christianity for every human being as well as the challenge that this presents.”