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God

DAVID R. LAW

in Kierkegaard as Negative Theologian

Published in print April 1993 | ISBN: 9780198263364
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191682506 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198263364.003.0006

Series: Oxford Theological Monographs

God

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This chapter examines Søren Kierkegaard's doctrine of God. It discusses Kierkegaard's definition of the term God and his treatment of the arguments for the existence of God. It analyses how human beings acquire knowledge of God and highlights the apophaticism implicit in Kierkegaard's thoughts. This chapter concludes that Kierkegaard believed that all arguments for the existence of God are inadequate and invalid. This is because God is transcendent of both the world and man's reasoning faculties and as such arguments for the existence of God would only be viable if man is above God and able to treat him as an object.

Keywords: Søren Kierkegaard; God; apophaticism; existence of God; reasoning; theology

Chapter.  8125 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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