KIERKEGAARD THE THEOLOGIAN by Louis Dupre

KIERKEGAARD THE THEOLOGIAN

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KIRKUS REVIEW

This sympathetic appraisal of kierkogaard as a theologian by a Catholic scholar is indeed a contribution to the Catholic-Protestant dialogue. Objective in his approach, Professor Dupre probes deeply into what tradition was at the basis of this complicated man's thinking -- Protestant or Catholic. Kierkegaard is seen to espouse the epitome of one of the principles of the Reformation -- subjectivity. But the author also sees him as rejoining the Catholic tradition on other levels, for example, the recognition of the role which freedom plays in the acceptance of faith and grace. For the most part, the book presents Kierkegaard's ideas, except in the early part when the author analyzes whether the philosopher's near-pathological personality is worthy of interpretation. This technique, unfortunately, gives the book the feel of a thesis. But anyone interested in selective and interpretative reading of the works of Kierkegaard will be saved the chore of perusing the total works. To this extent, professor Dupre makes a notable contribution to the field.

Pub Date: Feb. 27th, 1963
Publisher: Sheed & Ward