The School of Theology and Ministry's own Dr. Mark Taylor has researched and written on Kierkegaard extensively for the past 20 years and is eager to lead students on a journey into the thought of this unusual 19th century Dane. Together, we will work: to understand the central themes, images, modes of expression and argumentation, and existential-spiritual goals of Kierkegaard’s writings; to apply Kierkegaard’s theological insights to our own cultural and religious context; and to hone our own skills in doing theology. As an advanced seminar, Doctor of Ministry students are particularly invited to join with their colleagues from other School of Theology and Ministry programs.
STMA 5910 | Advanced Theological Seminar: Kierkegaard
Fall Quarter | Thursdays 9:00-11:50am
Dr. Mark Lloyd Taylor
Søren Kierkegaard (1813-1855), Danish theologian? poet? novelist? literary critic? reformer of the church? not only thought and wrote about paradox, especially the paradox of divine and human in Jesus of Nazareth, he also left a paradoxical legacy:
- never married, never had a family of his own, but is known as the father of existentialism;
- possessed all the education and formation to enter either one of two vocations – a pastor or a university professor, but chose not to get ordained and not to seek an academic post, pouring himself instead into a brief, intense career as a writer, producing almost three dozen books in just twelve years;
- practiced “indirect communication” in many of those books, writing under a host of pseudonyms, but at the end of his life engaged in a very public critique of the Danish Lutheran Church of his day, in his own name;
- delighted in comedy (a pseudonym named Constantin Constantius writes a book called Repetition, another pens a 600-page postscript to an original work of 100 pages) and reflected earnestly upon Christian theological themes from incarnation to sin/injustice/human difference to eucharist;
- lived almost 200 years ago, but offers stunningly relevant insights into the discontents of modernity and modern Christianity.
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