Existing Before God introduces readers to one of the most important nineteenth century Christian thinkers, Søren Kierkegaard. In this volume, Paul R. Sponheim, unfolds Kierkegaard's Sickness unto Death— a key text outlining the problem of the human condition and the paradoxical heart of authentic Christian faith, the qualitative difference between God and creatures and its synthesis in the God-man. Sponheim also draws out the connections between this text and Kierkegaard's larger theological and ethical vision, and the reception and significance of this text in the modern and contemporary theological tradition.
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Mapping the Tradition
Mapping the Tradition is a new series of brief, compact guides to pivotal thinkers in Christian history. Each volume focuses upon a particular figure and provides a concise but lucid introduction to the central features of each thinker’s work and sketches the lasting significance of that thinker for the history of Christian theology. As well, the series utilizes primary source works from each thinker as an entry point for exposition and exploration. Guided by leading scholars in history and theology, primary source texts are reproduced with explanatory commentary, and are accompanied by orientational essays to the context, contours, and historical and conceptual legacy of the corpus. Designed for beginning and intermediate students, as well as interested general readers, who will benefit from clear, helpful surveys of thinkers, texts, and theologies from across the epochs of Christian history and introduction to major issues and key historical and intellectual points of development.
Princeton Theological Seminary
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Eras of exploration:
Irenaeus of Lyons: The Making of the Great Tradition
Khaled Anatolios, Boston College
Athanasius: Trinitarian-Incarnational Soteriology and Its Reception
Thomas G. Weinandy, Dominican House of Studies, and Daniel Keating, St. Paul
Center for Biblical Theology
The Dionysian Mystical Theology
Paul Rorem, Princeton Theological Seminary
John of Damascus: The Radiance of Orthodoxy
Andrew Louth, Durham University
Thomas and the Thomists: The Achievement of Thomas Aquinas and his
Romanus Cessario, O.P., St. John's Seminary, and Cajetan Cuddy, O.P., St. Joseph’s Church, New York City
Luther and Christian Freedom
Robert Kolb, Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, Missouri
Enkindling Love: The Legacy of Teresa of Avila and John of the Cross
Gillian Ahlgren, Xavier University
Existing Before God: Søren Kierkegaard and the Human Venture
Paul R. Sponheim, Luther Seminary
Schleiermacher: The Psychology of Christian Faith and Life
Terrence N. Tice, University of Michigan
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The theme of Enkindling Love is God’s desire for partnership with us. Excerpts from the seven dwelling places of Teresa of Avila’s Interior Castle are interspersed with brief selections from John of the Cross’s mystical trilogy, The Dark Night of the Soul, Spiritual Canticle, and The Living Flame of Love, in order to show the seven stages of growth and transformation.
This book introduces the Pseudo-Dionysian "mystical theology," with glimpses at key stages in its interpretation and critical reception through the centuries.