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|
|Subject||Christian Thought and History|
|Points||18 points 18 points|
|Teaching period(s)||First Semester, First Semester|
|Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD)||$904.05|
|International Tuition Fees (NZD)||$3,954.75|
- One 200-level CHTH or CHTX paper
- CHTH 414
- Schedule C
- Arts and Music, Theology
- May not be credited together with CHTH 313 or CHTH 411 passed in 2005 or CHTH 316 or CHTH 430 passed in 2009 or CHTH 316 or CHTH 412 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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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- 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