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Provocations: Spiritual Writings Of Kierkegaard

by Søren Kierkegaard, Ed. By Charles E. Moore

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Christianity Today, November 1999
The witty and devout Soren Kiekegaard (d.1855) is sometimes difficult to spot in his "thick" philosophical writings. With Charles Moore's judicious sifting, though, we now have a readable and spiritually vibrant selection of the brooding Dane's religious writings.

Philip Yancy, author
Kierkegaard has taught me, moved me, perplexed me and always provoked my thinking in new directions. I'm delighted to see his work in such accessible form.

First Things, February 2000
This thoughtful selection of Kierkegaard's writings serves on several levels. In the first place, it makes the otherwise daunting Kierkegaard accessible in an inviting format. Secondly, its logical arrangement of texts presents the major themes of his work, as in the sections "To Will One Thing," "Truth and the Inwardness of passion," and "Anxiety and the Gospel of Suffering." And Thirdly the book is prayerful: it invites worshipful devotion as much as intellectual reflection, a rare and rewarding combination.

Vernard Eller, author
By far the best introduction to Kierkegaard that I have seen.

Robert Ellsberg, Orbis Books
These ably selected writings are not the texts most widely studied by scholars. But they are probably the ones by which Kierkegaard himself would choose to be remembered.

Book Description
The purpose of this new collection is two fold. First, to make Kierkegaard accessible; second, to present in as concise a way possible his "heart," his core themes, and his passion. Divided into six sections, Provocations contains a little of everything from Kierkegaard's prodigious output, including his famously cantankerous (yet wryly humorous) attacks on what he calls the "mediocre shell" of conventional Christianity, his brilliantly pithy parables, and his incisive attempts to dig through the fluff of theology and clear a way for the basics: decisiveness, obedience,and recognition of the truth.

Arguably the most accessible Kierkegaard volume to be published in decades, Provocations is a must for every serious reader. Indeed, the wealth of sayings and aphorisms collected in one of the sections is reason enough to buy the book.

Language Notes
Text: English
Original Language: Danish



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