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Kierkegaard's Critique of Christian Nationalism


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'Christian nationalism' refers to the set of ideas in which belief in the development and superiority of one's national group is combined with, or underwritten by, Christian theology and practice. A critique of Christian nationalism is implicit throughout the thought of Soren Kierkegaard, an analysis inseparable from his wider aim of reintroducing Christianity into Christendom.

Stephen Backhouse examines the nationalist theologies of Kierkegaard's contemporaries H.L. Martensen and N.F.S. Grundtvig, to show how Kierkegaard's thought developed in response to the writings of these important cultural leaders of the day. Kierkegaard's response formed the backbone of his own philosophical and theological project, namely his attempt to form authentic Christian individuals through the use of 'the moment', 'the leap' and 'contemporaneity'.

This study brings Kierkegaard's critique of Christian nationalism into conversation with current political science theories of religious nationalism and reflects on the implications of Kierkegaard's radical approach. While the critique is unsettling to politicians and church leaders alike, nevertheless there is much to commend it to the reality of modern religious and social life. As a theological thinker keenly aware of the unique problems posed by Christendom, Kierkegaard's critique is timely for any Christian culture that is tempted to confuse its faith with patriotism or national affiliation.

About the Author

Stephen Backhouse is theTutor in Social and Political Theology for St Mellitus College, London. Originally from Canada, he has studied and worked at the Universities of McGill and Oxford. He is the author of a number of books and articles in the areas of history, politics and theology.

Table of Contents


1. Nationalism, Christianity, and Kierkegaard

2. H. L. Martensen

3. N. F. S. Grundtvig

4. Philosophical Tools

5. History

6. Identity

7. Undefined New Things: Church and State

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Backhouse, Stephen
Oxford University Press, USA
Theology | Philosophy of Religion
Religion & Theology | Philosophy of Religion
Religion Eastern-Philosophy General
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Professional and scholarly
6.4 x 9.3 x 1 in 1.2 lb

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