Spiritual Writings

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Spiritual Writings

Gift, Creation, Love: Selections from the Upbuilding Discourses

By Soren Kierkegaard; George Pattison

Harper Perennial, Paperback, 9780061875991, 298pp.

Publication Date: November 9, 2010


In this new collection, Oxford theologian George Pattison translates and selects Soren Kierkegaard's previously neglected writings on spirituality--works that greatly deepen our understanding of the influential thinker. In philosophy and literature, Kierkegaard ("By far the most profound thinker of the nineteenth century"--Ludwig Wittgenstein) is generally perceived as epitomizing existential angst. However, there is much moreto Kierkegaard than the popular image of the "melancholy Dane" or the iconoclastic critic of established Christendom. Alongside the pseudonymous books for which he is largely known, Kierkegaard also wrote many devotional works, which he called "upbuilding" or "edifying" discourses. Taken as a whole, these writings offer something very different from the popular view--they embody a spirituality grounded in a firm sense of human life as a divine gift.

Praise For Spiritual Writings

“George Pattison offers us a deeply valuable introduction to a great philosopher.”
-Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury