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CHTH314 The Theology of Søren Kierkegaard

An examination of the theology of Søren Kierkegaard considering both his account of the individual before God and his profound critiques of Christendom, the Church, and modern culture.

Brilliant, profound, hilarious and melancholy: all of these are apt descriptions of S?©ren Kierkegaard, one of the great minds of the Christian theological tradition. The study of his work will require you to engage with the deepest questions of human existence, to wrestle with his profound analysis of modern Western culture, and to reckon with his brilliant account of the offensiveness and of the deep truth of the Christian gospel.

Paper title The Theology of Søren Kierkegaard
Paper code CHTH314
Subject Christian Thought and History
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period Not offered in 2019
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $886.35
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $3,766.35

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One 200-level CHTH or CHTX paper
CHTH 414
Schedule C
Arts and Music, Theology
May not be credited together with CHTH313 or CHTH411 passed in 2005 or CHTH316 or CHTH430 passed in 2009 or CHTH316 or CHTH412 passed in 2011.
Any student can study Theology, whether they are of the Christian faith, another faith or of no religious faith at all. Theology is an examination of the scriptures, history, content and relevance of the Christian faith, but it presupposes or requires no Christian commitment from students. All it requires is an inquiring mind and an interest in those skills that can be gained through the study of any subject in the Humanities.
Professor Murray Rae:
Teaching staff
Professor Murray Rae
Paper Structure
Following introductory classes, which will provide an overview of Kierkegaard's life and context, the paper will consist of a study of three of Kierkegaard's greatest works: Philosophical Fragments; Fear and Trembling; and Sickness Unto Death.

  • Two Assignments (20% and 30%)
  • Final Examination (50%)
Teaching Arrangements
Campus: One teaching day and ten 2-hour lectures

Distance: One teaching day and one 1-hour lecture, plus four 2-hour videoconferences

Fear and Trembling and Repetition, ed. and trans. Howard V. Hong and Edna H. Hong (Princeton: Princeton University Press 1983)

Philosophical Fragments and Johannes Climacus, ed. and trans. Howard V. Hong and Edna H. Hong (Princeton: Princeton University Press 1985)

The Sickness Unto Death, ed. and trans. Howard V. Hong and Edna H. Hong (Princeton: Princeton University Press 1980)

A course book has also been developed for this paper.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Ethics.
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Learning Outcomes
Students who successfully complete this paper will have
  • Developed a sound understanding of the contours of modernity
  • Knowledge of the key aspects of Kierkegaard's critique of modernity
  • Developed insight into Kierkegaard's conception of the Christian faith

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Not offered in 2019

Teaching method
This paper is taught through Distance Learning
Learning management system