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Catholic Theology after Kierkegaard (Hardback)
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Catholic Theology after Kierkegaard (Hardback)

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Although he is not always recognised as such, Soren Kierkegaard has been an important ally for Catholic theologians in the early twentieth century. Moreover, understanding this relationship and its origins offers valuable resources and insights to contemporary Catholic theology. Of course, there are some negative preconceptions to overcome. Historically, some Catholic readers have been suspicious of Kierkegaard, viewing him as an irrational Protestant irreconcilably at odds with Catholic thought. Nevertheless, the favourable mention of Kierkegaard in John Paul II's Fides et Ratio is an indication that Kierkegaard's writings are not so easily dismissed. Catholic Theology after Kierkegaard investigates the writings of emblematic Catholic thinkers in the twentieth century to assess their substantial engagement with Kierkegaard's writings. Joshua Furnal argues that Kierkegaard's writings have stimulated reform and renewal in twentieth-century Catholic theology, and should continue to do so today. To demonstrate Kierkegaard's relevance in pre-conciliar Catholic theology, Furnal examines the wider evidence of a Catholic reception of Kierkegaard in the early twentieth century-looking specifically at influential figures like Theodor Haecker, Romano Guardini, Erich Przywara, and other Roman Catholic thinkers that are typically associated with the ressourcement movement. In particular, Furnal focuses upon the writings of Henri de Lubac, Hans Urs von Balthasar, and the Italian Thomist, Cornelio Fabro as representative entry points.

Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780198754671
Number of pages: 272
Weight: 438 g
Dimensions: 224 x 143 x 21 mm


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Catholic Theology After Kierkegaard is a revised dissertation, of the highest caliber. It is a model of thorough research, clarity of writing, and importance of thesis. The author, Joshua Furnal, demonstrates a deep knowledge of Kierkegaard's writings, and of the scholarship on him from the twentieth century up to the present, in English, German, French, and Italian. * Charles K. Bellinger, Reading Religion *
Due to its nuanced argument and thorough research, this volume merits its place in the growing field of research on the Danish existentialist. While too advanced for new readers of Kierkegaard, this volume would be an excellent companion for any readers familiar with his works and ressourcement. * Brett McLaughlin, SJ, Theological Studies *
Soren Kierkegaard would not usually be considered a shaper of modern Roman Catholic theology. Yet this excellently researched and well-written study presents a convincing case that his importance to many of its key figures has been unjustly overlooked. * David Grumett, Reviews in Religion and Theology *
Furnal has done a real service in persuasively demonstrating the notable role Kierkegaard has in fact played within important lines of contemporary Catholic theology. Only time will tell as to whether his further ambition-namely, to encourage Catholic theologians to venture future constructive engagements with the Dane as an ecumenical resource-will be realised. But this fine study undoubtedly already represents a firm and welcome step in the pursuit of that hope. * Philip G. Ziegler, Theology *
[Furnal shows that Catholic] thinkers actually engaged with Kierkegaard, looking for ways he could be of help to Catholics seeking to rejuvenate theology, particularly those involved in the ressourcement, the attempt to get back to the early sources of Christian thinking. It is fascinating to see this engagement and recognize that Kierkegaard actually played a significant role in the theological renewal that made such an impact at Vatican II. * C. Stephen Evans, Baylor University *
A model study in ecumenical and historical theology: historical, because its focus on key figures of the past shows they are not in fact past while their concerns live on; ecumenical, for Soren Kierkegaard has long been considered an emblematic 'Protestant' theologian while we see here how contemporary Catholic theology would be unthinkable without him And in the process, dialectical as well, as we are treated to often neglected thinkers like Erich Przywara and Erik Peterson, How deeply is Catholic ressourcement indebted to Soren Kierkegaard, and how deftly this work shows that! * David B. Burrell, University of Notre Dame *
... a book that will prove a landmark in both the study of Kierkegaard and of modern Catholic theology. * Paul Richardson, The Church of England Newspaper *
Overall, this book's combination of original research, creative thought, and clearly developed arguments make it a valuable scholarly contribution to both Kierkegaard studies and ressourcement theology. * Horizons *
[Furnal shows how Kierkegaard] not only lent weight to the 'new theology' endorsed by the decrees of Vatican II, but also, we might add, to ecumenical dialogues pursued by ARCIC [Furnal's work] is important, because it re-affirms SK's trans-denominational and trans-confessional significance. * Church Times *

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