Kierkegaard: A Single Life

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Zondervan, Aug 9, 2016 - Biography & Autobiography - 304 pages
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Discover a new understanding of Kierkegaard’s thought and his life, a story filled with romance, betrayal, humor, and riots.

Kierkegaard, like Einstein and Freud, is one of those geniuses whose ideas permeate the culture and shape our world even when relatively few people have read their works. That lack of familiarity with the real Kierkegaard is about to change.

This lucid new biography by scholar Stephen Backhouse presents the genius as well as the acutely sensitive man behind the brilliant books. Scholarly and accessible, Kierkegaard: A Single Life introduces his many guises—the thinker, the lover, the recluse, the writer, the controversialist—in prose so compelling it reads like a novel.

One chapter examines Kierkegaard’s influence on our greatest cultural icons—Kafka, Barth, Bonhoeffer, Camus, and Martin Luther King Jr., to name only a few. A useful appendix presents an overview of each of Kierkegaard’s works, for the scholar and lay reader alike.

 

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User Review  - Stephen Backhouse - Publishers Weekly

Backhouse (The Compact Guide to Christian History) summarizes Kierkegaard's life and thought for the lay reader in a work that can be \"read on holiday.\" The first part of the book is biography; the ... Read full review

Contents

Preface
School Life
Public LifePrivate Life
Love Life
Writing Life
Pirate Life
An Armed and Neutral Life
A Life Concluded
A Life Continued
Afterword
Notes
Bibliography
Copyright

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Stephen Backhouse (DPhil, Oxford) is the director and primary teacher of Tent Theology, a ministry that designs and delivers theology programmes to local churches. He is a historian of Christian thought, an expert on the work of Søren Kierkegaard and a recognised authority on the political theology of nations and nationalism. He is the author of many publications, including the award-winning popular biography Kierkegaard: A Single Life (Zondervan, 2016). He has lived in the United States, and makes his home in Britain and Canada.

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