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Kierkegaard's Critique of Christian Nationalism

Stephen Backhouse


The book draws out the critique of Christian nationalism that is implicit throughout the thought of Søren Kierkegaard, an analysis that is inseparable from his wider aim of reintroducing Christianity into Christendom. ‘Christian nationalism’ refers to the set of ideas in which belief in the development and superiority of one's national group is combined with, or underwritten by, Christian theology and practice. The book examines the nationalist theologies of H. L. Martensen and N. F. S. Grundtvig, important cultural leaders and contemporaries of Kierkegaard. Kierkegaard's response to their tho ... More

Keywords: Kierkegaard, nationalism, patriotism, Christian nationalism, religious nationalism, Christendom, authenticity, moment, leap, contemporaneity, Martensen, Grundtvig, Golden Age, Denmark

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780199604722
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199604722.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Stephen Backhouse, author
Tutor in Social and Political Theology, St Mellitus College, London
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