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From Despair to Faith: The Spirituality of Søren Kierkegaard
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From Despair to Faith: The Spirituality of Søren Kierkegaard


Fortress Press 2014

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Søren Kierkegaard has been called many things—from brooding genius and “melancholy Dane,” to the father of existentialism. But such labels have often obscured other important aspects of his authorship—especially his standing as a spiritual author. In From Despair to Faith: The Spirituality of Søren Kierkegaard, Christopher B. Barnett grounds Kierkegaard in the Christian spiritual tradition, highlighting some of Kierkegaard’s most poignant themes, including “upbuilding,” spiritual journey, and faith. Barnett presents Kierkegaard’s spirituality through the various “pictures” found in his writings—“icons of faith” Kierkegaard consistently urged readers to contemplate. Barnett not only offers a new way of approaching Kierkegaard’s writings—he shows how they might deepen the reader’s relationship with the divine.

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Key Features

  • Grounds Søren Kierkegaard’s writing in the Christian spiritual tradition
  • Focuses on major themes in Kierkegaard’s writings
  • Presents Kierkegaard’s spirituality through recurring motifs in his writings


  • Kierkegaard as Spiritual Writer
  • Kierkegaard on God, Self, and the Spiritual Journey
  • Kierkegaard and the Aesthetics of the Icon
  • Icons of Faith: The Natural World
  • Icons of Faith: The Bible

Praise for the Print Edition

Barnett’s study of Kierkegaard’s ‘icons of faith’ subtly serves as an important corrective to the many incomplete but persistent stereotypes of this challenging Christian thinker.

—Joel D.S. Rasmussen, associate professor in nineteenth-century Christian thought, University of Oxford

This book may change not only your way of reading Kierkegaard but even how you shelve your books. . . . Barnett’s argument will incline you . . . to set Kierkegaard’s religious discourses . . . alongside similar writings by Augustine, Luther, and Bonhoeffer.

—Andrew J. Burgess, professor of philosophy emeritus, University of New Mexico

Product Details

  • Title: From Despair to Faith: The Spirituality of Søren Kierkegaard
  • Author: Christopher B. Barnett
  • Publisher: Fortress Press
  • Publication Date: 2014
  • Pages: 192
  • Resource Type: Monograph
  • Topic: Spirituality

About Christopher B. Barnett

Christopher B. Barnett received his DPhil at the University of Oxford. He is assistant professor in the department of theology & religious studies at Villanova University and is the author of Kierkegaard, Pietism, and Holiness.

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