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Kierkegaard: Exposition & Critique$
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Daphne Hampson

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199673230

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199673230.001.0001

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Practice in Christianity

Practice in Christianity

(p.255) 8 Practice in Christianity
Kierkegaard: Exposition & Critique

Daphne Hampson

Oxford University Press

This chapter offers a reading of Søren Kierkegaard's philosophical work Practice in Christianity to illuminate his ideas about the Danish Church and society. More specifically, it examines Kierkegaard's conflict with Bishop Jacob Peter Mynster of Denmark. It first provides a background on Mynster and his subsequent dispute with Kierkegaard before asking whether one was necessarily right and the other was necessarily wrong. It then considers Kierkegaard's argument that ‘Christianity resembles a hatred of what it is to be a human being, the greatest curse and torment upon what it is to be human’. It also discusses the implications of Kierkegaard's Christology for the sphere of praxis.

Keywords:   church, Søren Kierkegaard, Practice in Christianity, Danish Church, Bishop Jacob Peter Mynster, Denmark, Christianity, Christology, praxis

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