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Fortunate Fallibility: Kierkegaard and the Power of Sin

Jason A. Mahn


This book deconstructs and reconstructs the fortunate Fall (felix culpa) theme of Western thought, using Kierkegaard as a guide. Dating back to the fifth century Easter Eve Mass, the claim that Adam's Fall might be considered “fortunate” in light of a resultant good has become Christianity's most controversial and unwieldy idea. Whereas the phrase originally praised sin as a backhanded witness to the ineffability of redemption, modern speculative theodicy came to understand all evil as comprehensible, historically productive, and therefore fortunate, while the Romantic poets celebrated transgr ... More

Keywords: sin, Christian theology, Kierkegaard, fortunate fall, felix culpa, romanticism, Hegel, fallibility, deconstruction, evil

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780199790661
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199790661.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jason A. Mahn, author
Augustana College