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Kierkegaard's Critique of Christian Nationalism
'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 Christe ...more
Hardcover, 247 pages
Published September 2nd 2011 by OUP Oxford
(first published July 7th 2011)
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With the rise of religious nationalism, and the twenty-first century being called the century of religious conflict, the role of religious nationalism is on the rise. However, the emergence of this form of nationalism is not new and has been struggled with for ages now. In his book, Kierkegaard's Critique of Christian Nationalism, Stephen Backhouse attempts to explain the deconstruction of Kierkegaard to what is called Christian Nationalism. If religion is a personal relationship between one per ...more
Fantastic book that speaks to the depth of SK's criticism of Christian nationalism, specifically within his own Danish state church. Not only does Backhouse cover the ideas and theological positions of Grundtvig, Mynster, and Martensen (such information is largely unavailable to those that can't read Danish, as far as I know), but he also goes through the development Kierkegaard's orientation to the church. Backhouse also seemed to remain pretty straightforward in his interpretation of SK. Lots ...more
Stephen Backhouse is the Lecturer in Social and Political Theology at St. Mellitus College, London. He has published a number of critically well-received books and articles on religion, history, and Kierkegaard, from the popular Compact Guide to Christian History (Lion Publishers) to the academic Kierkegaard’s Critique of Christian Nationalism (Oxford University Press).