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Provocations: Spiritual Writings of Kierkegaard [Paperback]

By Soren Kierkegaard (Author) & Charles E. Moore (Editor)
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(PUBOrbis)"In the first place, this makes the otherwise daunting Kierkegaard accessible in an inviting format. Secondly, its logical arrangement of texts presents the major themes of his work. And thirdly, it invites worshipful devotion as much as intellectual reflection, a rare and rewarding combination,"---First Things. 460 pages, softcover.

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Studio: Orbis Books
Pages   429
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 1.25" Width: 5.75" Height: 8"
Weight:   1.14 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Mar 8, 2004
Publisher   Orbis Books
ISBN  1570755132  
ISBN13  9781570755132  

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More About Soren Kierkegaard & Charles E. Moore

Soren Kierkegaard Søren Aabye Kierkegaard (5 May 1813 – 11 November 1855) was a Danish philosopher, theologian, poet, social critic, and religious author who is widely considered to be the first existentialist philosopher. He wrote critical texts on organized religion, Christendom, morality, ethics, psychology and philosophy of religion, displaying a fondness for metaphor, irony and parables. Much of his philosophical work deals with the issues of how one lives as a "single individual", giving priority to concrete human reality over abstract thinking, and highlighting the importance of personal choice and commitment. He was a fierce critic of idealist intellectuals and philosophers of his time, such as Swedenborg, Hegel, Goethe, Fichte, Schelling, Schlegel, and Hans Christian Andersen.

His theological work focuses on Christian ethics, the institution of the Church, the differences between purely objective proofs of Christianity, the infinite qualitative distinction between man and God, and the individual's subjective relationship to Jesus Christ, the God-Man, which came through faith. Much of his work deals with the art of Christian love. He was extremely critical of the practice of Christianity as a state religion, primarily that of the Church of Denmark. His psychological work explored the emotions and feelings of individuals when faced with life choices.

Soren Kierkegaard was born in 1813 and died in 1855.

Soren Kierkegaard has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Cambridge Texts in the History of Philosophy
  2. Concluding Unscientific Postscripts to Philosophical Fragmen
  3. Harper Torchbooks
  4. Harperperennial Modern Thought
  5. Kierkegaard's Writings (Paperback)
  6. New York Review Books (Paperback)
  7. Oxford World's Classics (Paperback)
  8. Penguin Classics
  9. Phoenix Books

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An Flawed Book, an Act of Betrayal  Mar 21, 2008
First off, I do not deny that this book can be used as food for thought. The diluted Kierkegaard ("K")can be used to stimulate and perhaps enrich your Christian experience. I have read many of the selections and found some them to be quite excellent.
****BUT**** this author, who seemingly has no shame, no discernment, no respect for K, should make clear in its introduction that this kind of diluted, dumbed down, and just plain twisted version of K. is exactly what he would have despised. This is pablum Christianity. This is the yellow brick road and the path of ease. THIS BOOK STABS KIERKEGAARD IN THE BACK It is like Cliff Notes or Sparks guides--actually it is far worse. Readers may read this book and think they have encountered K., but they haven't and this book subverts K's actual intentions and his writings.

There should be a subtitle, "The book Kierkegaard would have hated." Taking bits and pieces of his writing and rewriting them to make them accessible is heresy and complete betrayal of K. The worst section, the last is recommended by the author as something to be read first. NO, the last section is the worst of the worst.

Also, C. Stephen Evans can not be more wrong when he states in a blurb for this book that people "will surely be led by these selections to read the whole works from which they were taken." If someone reads this book and then turns to K's actual writing, he will almost certainly be repelled by its difficulty and its difference from the tepid prose of Provocations. Reading this book is a virtual guaranty that the reader will never be able to read K.'s works. I don't know how Professor Evans has taught K. in the past to his students, but, quite frankly, I wonder if he used this kind of book in his class. I really doubt it.

I believe this has to be one of the worst books ever written. Kierkegaard didn't want or expect a large audience. Remember the "narrow way" of the Bible. I do not condemn all books on K.--many books, by scholars and intelligent explicaters, can help a reader understand Kierkegaard's writings. Prof Evans has written a few of these books. But this book is anathema to K. and his actual writing. It is simply wrong.

A must read  Mar 16, 2008
This book has been the most influential religious book that I have read. I think I've read it cover to cover 4 times, and I have 3 copies -- all ripped up with highlights and underlines. He can be dramatic and extreme at times, but I find him to be more motivating than any other theologian. He demands real authentic faith coupled with action. I can't get enough. This books makes Kierkegaard easy enough for any reader to understand.
Looking in a mirror  Feb 20, 2007
Kierkegaard has to be one of the most consistently insightful authors I have ever read. To that end, Provocations is an indispensable collection of his religious writings. His comments are so profound, so searching, so sharp and biting, that it is impossible to read this book as a Christian and not feel at once challenged to admit your own hypocrisy. As you read his critique of Christendom, I guarantee you will find yourself saying, 'Yes, that is me. I am like that.' But its not all negative. He points to the vanity and hypocrisy of Christendom with a view to show what true Christianity is all about. I haven't yet come across anything in Kierkegaard where I've said that he is wrong.

This is perhaps the most thought-provoking book in my library. A must have.
word barbs for your soul  Aug 5, 2006
Of course I'd heard of Kierkegaard. I'd heard some people condemn him as a heretic, others herald him a saint, and still others blame him for the current of hopelessness flowing through today's society. So, when I picked up this volume I didn't know what to expect.

What I experienced was almost like a spiritual awakening. Kierkegaard's uses the scalpel of insight to pick away at the crust of dead orthodoxy. Now dog-eared and covered with highlighted passages and notes, this book has become one of my favorites of all time. Even if you have no interest in philosophy, check it out--you won't be overwhelmed. But you might be provoked.
"By acting your life will come into collision with existence...  Oct 8, 2005
...and then you will know the reality of grace." p 254

Kierkegaard is too good to miss. Unfortunately his writings were so copious and obscured under the cloak of pseudonyms that many people give up before they begin to mine the riches of his work. Moore has finally provided an accessible distillation of his work in this topical compilation. There are 98 topics (e.g. doubt, love, faith/reason, despair, risk, passion...) which either contain single, important passages or a series of quotes from various works. I often found myself laughing out loud.

Unlike many Kierkegaard scholars who insist on anachronistically viewing him through his twentieth century French interpreters, Moore has a sense for passions, wit and contributions of the Danish philosopher. A caution: SK out of context can often be misinterpreted since he usually speaks in a voice not his own, intended to incite passionate response. However, I would still highly recommend it to anyone who has either a deep interest or a passing curiosity in Kierkegaard or a passionate, authentic life of action in general.

(Note: the text of this is also available in a free, searchable pdf on-line).

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