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Kierkegaard as Negative Theologian$
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David R. Law

Print publication date: 1993

Print ISBN-13: 9780198263364

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198263364.001.0001

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(p.162) 6 God
Kierkegaard as Negative Theologian


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This chapter examines Søren Kierkegaard's doctrine of God. It discusses Kierkegaard's definition of the term God and his treatment of the arguments for the existence of God. It analyses how human beings acquire knowledge of God and highlights the apophaticism implicit in Kierkegaard's thoughts. This chapter concludes that Kierkegaard believed that all arguments for the existence of God are inadequate and invalid. This is because God is transcendent of both the world and man's reasoning faculties and as such arguments for the existence of God would only be viable if man is above God and able to treat him as an object.

Keywords:   Søren Kierkegaard, God, apophaticism, existence of God, reasoning, theology

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