Father in heaven, when the thought of thee awakens in our soul, let it not waken as an agitated bird which flutters confusedly about, but as a child waking from sleep with a celestial smile.”
— Søren Kierkegaard
Kierkegaard, the nineteenth-century Danish philosopher and theologian, is a misunderstood titan among Christian writers. Born to a pious Lutheran family in Copenhagen, Kierkegaard was raised in affluence—reading literature, attending plays, and rubbing elbows with cultured elites. By his twenties, Kierkegaard was moving down the same path as others in the upper echelons of Danish society. He attended the School of Civic Virtue where he learned the humanities and continued on to study theology at the University of Copenhagen. Eventually, Kierkegaard would meet a young lady named Regine Olsen and become engaged. All seemed well for the young student.
However, Kierkegaard eventually called off the engagement and turned to writing for solace in the wake of the failed romance. For the next two decades, he produced some of the greatest writings from the Danish Golden Age. Pondering ideas such as the ethical quandary of the sacrifice of Abraham’s son, what it means to despair, and the role of faith, Kierkegaard sought to expose cultural Christianity for what it is—a hollow version of the true thing.
For the first time ever, the Princeton edition of Kierkegaard’s Writings are coming to Logos. This version contains all of Kierkegaard’s works translated into modern English, including introductions and footnotes to help guide readers through the text. With Logos, studying Kierkegaard is easier than ever since texts are linked to Scripture references and other works in your library, allowing you to quickly compare the biblical text with Kierkegaard’s exposition.