The author, late professor of Christian Ethics and Philosophical Theology at Christian Seminary, sets out to make the great nineteenth century Danish writer intelligible to the ""serious reader."" This task, he believes, calls for more than a summary of ""SK's"" thought, which must be translated into thought forms more familiar to the contemporary mind. His three-part study offers an account of the way Kierkegaard sought to define his life task and to create a medium of communication fitted lo that task; his effort to disabuse his own age of what he considered its massive delusions and his own vision of truth and reality. The reader familiar with ""SK"" will recognize the inadequacy of this scheme -- or of any schematic organization of the Dane's work. Nevertheless, this attempt to derive some pattern from Kierkegaard's voluminous writings will be valuable as a preliminary for the general reader who can then go on to his larger body of literature.