No one gets far in a theological discussion these days without hearing the name of Soren Kierkegaard, yet an amazing number of people who glibly use his name have yet to read his works, or even a fraction of them, and an even greater number have no understanding of why the great Danish theologian thought as he did. Dr. Gates proposes to remedy this by writing an appreciative book in which the turnings and twistings of the events in Kierkegaard's life are related to the works he produced in such numbers. Although the works are quoted extensively, the quotes do not serve as a substitute for reading at length, but rather help to interpret the growth and development of Kierkegaard's ideas. The book reads easily and will be a boon not only to Clergy but to advanced laymen as well. At the college and seminary level it should prove exceptionally helpful. How interesting it is that a main spring of our modern Protestant thinking should be a man who lived and died more than a century ago; was a layman; never held a major post or received a government or private grant to subsidize his work, and was not even well received in his own generation. Dr. Gates helps us understand how this could be, and how his ideas could burst through language and culture barriers to achieve their present fruition.