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<i>Felicitas</i>: Between Cross and Resurrection

Jason A. Mahn

in Fortunate Fallibility

Published in print July 2011 | ISBN: 9780199790661
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199897391 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199790661.003.0006

Series: AAR Reflection and Theory in the Study of Religion Series

Felicitas: Between Cross and Resurrection

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This chapter describes how the existential via negativa mapped throughout this book (through human fragility, fallibility, and the possibility of offense) is nonetheless compatible with Christian beatitude. The chapter argues for the felicity of fallibility by tracing the relationship between Kierkegaard and his pseudonyms and by turning from the pseudonymous works to the devotional writings that he published under his own name. It attends especially to Christian Discourses and “The Lily in the Field and the Bird of the Air” in Without Authority. Like the liturgy of the Easter vigil, Kierkegaard's devotional writings, especially when read with and against the pseudonymous works, position the reader between the cross and resurrection, between the temptation to sin and the joy of discipleship.

Keywords: Kierkegaard's authorship; Easter vigil; Without Authority; Christian Discourses; beatitude; joy; Holy Saturday; fortunate Fall; cross and resurrection

Chapter.  14487 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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