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Passion for nothing : Kierkegaard's apophatic theology

Author: Peter Kline, (Theologian)
Publisher: Baltimore, Maryland : Project Muse, Minneapolis [Minnesota] : Fortress Press, 2017. [2017]
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Passion for Nothing offers a reading of Kierkegaard as an apophatic author. As it functions in this book, "apophasis" is a flexible term inclusive of both "negative theology" and "deconstruction." One of the main points of this volume is that Kierkegaard's authorship opens pathways between these two resonate but often contentiously related terrains. The main contention of this book is that Kierkegaard's apophaticism  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Named Person: Søren Kierkegaard; Søren Kierkegaard
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Peter Kline, (Theologian)
ISBN: 9781506432533 1506432530
OCLC Number: 1002455303
Description: 1 online resource (1 PDF (xvii, 204 pages)) : color illustrations
Contents: 1. The silent beginning : nothing is better than something --
2. Indirect communication : writing with a wink --
3. Infinite reduplication : Kierkegaard's negative concept of God --
4. Faith : action to excess --
5. Hope : keeping time absurdly open --
6. Love : holding nothing in common.
Responsibility: Peter Kline.

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Passion for Nothing offers a reading of Kierkegaard as an apophatic author. As it functions in this book, "apophasis" is a flexible term inclusive of both "negative theology" and "deconstruction." One of the main points of this volume is that Kierkegaard's authorship opens pathways between these two resonate but often contentiously related terrains. The main contention of this book is that Kierkegaard's apophaticism is an ethical-religious difficulty, one that concerns itself with the "whylessness" of existence. This is a theme that Kierkegaard inherits from the philosophical and theological traditions stemming from Meister Eckhart. Additionally, the forms of Kierkegaard's writing are irreducibly apophatic-animated by a passion to communicate what cannot be said. The book examines Kierkegaard's apophaticism with reference to five themes: indirect communication, God, faith, hope, and love. Across each of these themes, the aim is to lend voice to "the unruly energy of the unsayable" and, in doing so, let Kierkegaard's theological, spiritual, and philosophical provocation remain a living one for us today.

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