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Kierkegaard: A Christian Missionary to Christians

4.32  ·  Rating details ·  57 ratings  ·  12 reviews
Soren Kierkegaard (1813-1855) had a mission. The church had become weak, flabby and inconsequential. Being a Christian was more a cultural heritage than a spiritual reality. His mission--reintroduce the Christian faith to Christians. How could he break through to people who were members of the church and thought they were Christians already? Like an Old Testament prophet, ...more
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Published March 24th 2016 by IVP Academic
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Eric Black
Have you heard Kierkegaard is dangerous? Have you heard his philosophy has undermined the church? Have you heard he is the"father of existentialism," that he proclaimed a gospel contrary to the Gospel?

Me, too.

You should read this book. You will find Kierkegaard is indeed dangerous but not for the reasons so many Christians have feared. He is dangerous because he calls us to the Gospel. As for undermining the church and having a paternal claim to existentialism, judge for yourself.

Mark Tietjen ha
May 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
An excellent book which instilled in me a desire to carefully, slowly study Kierkegaard's works for the rest of my life. Excellently written!
Michael Philliber
Apr 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The only exposure I had with Søren Kierkegaard was in some passing references in theological and philosophical works. So I was hesitantly interested in picking up the recently published “Kierkegaard: A Christian Missionary to Christians” by Mark A. Tietjen, chaplain and Grace Palmer Johnston Chair of Bible at The Stony Brook School in Stony Brook, New York, former professor of philosophy at the University of west Georgia, past secretary-treasurer of the Søren Kierkegaard Society, and author. Thi ...more
Sep 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is clear and open discussion of Kierkegaard’s mission, not only in Denmark, but to Christians everywhere. Soren Kierkegaard, in his work and life never whispered through a megaphone. But, calls out like John the Baptist, so love is sheer action, not only talk.

The five chapters of this book are well written and transition well, so the reader can see that discussions about Kierkegaard need not be confusing. Thus,preserving the author’s claim that Kierkegaard is not confusing, which I ver
Willie Krischke
Jul 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Well, I was hopking Kierkegaard/Tietjen would give me some help, tips, insight into how to be a Christian missionary to Christians, but the answer they give is pretty obvious... live out your faith with integrity. Let your light shine before men that they make see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven. I guess it's a case where the answer is simple to conceptualize and difficult to fully put into action... which is one of the most important things Kierkegaard has to say about Christi ...more
Aug 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I can't imagine a better introductory book to the "mission" of Kierkegaard. I read this in 4 days - and could barely put it down. I've had some familiarity to some of his works and major concepts and so have no doubts that this book explains them simply but also quite compellingly. The depths of Kierkegaard remain full and undiluted in their transposition here.
Shane Hill
Apr 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Very good...the author almost makes Kierkegaard understandable!!!
Pastor Ben
Mar 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
I like what this book accomplished: it applied Kierkegaard to contemporary Christianity in a way that is accessible to a non-specialist. I think it would reward re-reading - with a highlighter and a pencil - not so much to mine it deeply for hidden nuggets, but to carefully take note of some solid insights of Kierkegaard through Tietjen.
Joel Wentz
Oct 13, 2016 rated it liked it
As a reader who is fascinated by Kierkegaard's influence and reputation, but with no personal experience with any of his primary texts, I have been on the lookout for an accessible, helpful introduction to the man and his works. Overall, I would say that Tietjen's little book accomplishes this. It is easy to read, and whets the appetite for more depth in Kierkegaard's thought, while providing a simple guide to his general approach to philosophy and theology.

However, my main reservation with the
"Tietjen’s A Christian Missionary to Christians is primarily about Kierkegaard’s ideas, and is presented in a roughly systematic way. He begins with a chapter surveying Kierkegaard’s reception through the years by Christians, scholars, and Christian scholars. The next four chapters discuss Kierkegaard’s view of Christ, man, Christian witness, and the Christian life. Tietjen ends with a brief summary of Kierkegaard’s basic ideas and explanation of why they matter for us today."

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“Having placed himself on the level of the world for humans to choose between, God nevertheless stipulates that a choice must be made, human freedom must be exercised. There is no neutral position, no way to avoid the choice of God or the world. In other words, a failure to choose God is no different from choosing against God. 'If God has lowered himself to being that which can be chosen, then a person indeed must choose - God is not mocked'. For Kierkegaard this caveat buttresses two important theological convictions. God can be loved freely through a choice. And yet, however one chooses - even if one thinks one can abstain - God's power is honored because a choice is nevertheless made.” 0 likes
“The practical consequence of Kierkegaard's depth psychology means that when I look at myself in the mirror, or when I contemplate my greatest achievements, or when I ponder my sin, or when I think of what's possible for me to accomplish, or when I consider the limits to my freedom, I ponder myself through God or with God in view.” 0 likes
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