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    Spiritual Writings of Søren Kierkegaard


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    The most accessible introduction to the writings of Søren Kierkegaard, Provocations contains a little of everything from his prodigious output, including his wryly humorous attacks on conventional Christianity and his brilliantly pithy parables.

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    There are few authors as repeatedly quoted and consistently unread as Søren Kierkegaard. Kierkegaard himself is partly to blame for this: his style is dense, his thoughts complex. And yet embedded within his writings and journals are metaphors and truths so deep and vivid, they can overwhelm you with an almost blinding clarity about the life of true discipleship.

    Editor Charles E. Moore has done us an invaluable service by putting together arguably the most accessible and complete Kierkegaard volume to be published in decades. Here is a book for anyone who takes the search for authenticity seriously.

    Divided into six sections, Provocations contains a little of everything from Kierkegaard's prodigious output, including his wryly humorous attacks on what he calls the "mediocre shell" of conventional Christianity, his brilliantly pithy parables, his amazing insights on the human condition, and his incisive attempts to dig through the fluff of theological jargon and clear a way for the basics: decisiveness, obedience, passion, and recognition of the truth.

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    Table of Contents

    I To Will One Thing

    1. Dare to Decide
    2. Either/Or
    3. Under the Spell of Good Intentions
    4. The Greatest Danger
    5. The Task
    6. Against the Crowd
    7. Suspending the Ethical
    8. To Need God Is Perfection
    9. Purity of Heart
    10. Emissaries from Eternity
    11. God Has No Cause
    12. An Eternity in Which to Repent

    II Truth and the Passion of Inwardness

    1. Truth Is the Way
    2. The Road Is How
    3. Two Ways of Reflection God’s Existence
    4. The Weight of Inwardness
    5. Christ Has No Doctrine
    6. Faith: The Matchless Lack of Logic
    7. Passion and Paradox
    8. The Folly of Proving
    9. Answering Doubt
    10. Alone With God’s Word
    11. Followers not Admirers
    12. Fear and Trembling

    III The Works of Love

    1. God’s Triumphant Love
    2. Neighbor Love
    3. The Greater Love
    4. Love the Person You See
    5. Love’s Hidden Need
    6. Love Builds Up
    7. Love’s Like-for-Like
    8. Love Abides – Forever!
    9. When Love Is Secure

    IV Anxiety and the Gospel of Suffering

    1. Nebuchadnezzar
    2. The War Within
    3. Sickness Unto Death
    4. The Dynamics of Despair
    5. Consider the Lilies
    6. Behold the Birds of the Air
    7. The Royal Coachman
    8. The Invitation
    9. When the Burden Is Light
    10. A Dangerous Schooling
    11. To Suffer Christianly

    Christian Collisions

    1. The Offense
    2. What Says the Fire Chief?
    3. Christianity Does
    4. What Madness
    5. The Echo Answers
    6. The Tax Collector
    7. Gospel for the Poor
    8. How God Relates Inversely
    9. Undercover Clergy Not Exist
    10. First the Kingdom of God”
    11. Childish Orthodoxy
    12. Kill the Commentators!
    13. Church Militant

    VII Thoughts That Radically Cure: Excerpts and Aphorisms

    1. Anxiety and Despair
    2. Becoming Christian
    3. The Bible
    4. Christ
    5. Christendom and Counterfeit Christianity
    6. The Cross
    7. The Crowd Read excerpt
    8. Decisiveness
    9. Doctrine and Theology
    10. Doubt and Skepticism
    11. The Eternal
    12. Existence and the Existential
    13. Faith and Reason
    14. Following Jesus
    15. Forgiveness
    16. Freedom
    17. God
    18. God’s Love
    19. Grace
    20. The Human Condition
    21. The Individual
    22. Inwardness and Subjectivity
    23. Love
    24. Obedience
    25. Passion
    26. Politics and the State
    27. Prayer
    28. Preaching and Proclamation
    29. Purity
    30. Repentance
    31. Sacrifice and Self-Denial
    32. Silence and Solitude
    33. Sin
    34. Spiritual Trial
    35. Suffering
    36. Tribulation and Persecution
    37. Truth
    38. Venturing and Risk
    39. Witness
    40. Works
    41. Worship