Date of Award
Master of Arts in Theological Studies (MATS)
Dr. Daniel Brunner
Dr. Heather Ohaneson
Traditionally, Søren Kierkegaard has not been associated with the field of ecclesiology. Some simply do not see any ecclesiological merits to Kierkegaard’s perspective, while others, who perhaps acknowledge Kierkegaard’s connection to ecclesiology, view it as having a negating function. Additionally, growing disenfranchisement with the church has caused a renewed interest in Kierkegaard’s ‘attack’; however, this renewed interest often fails to account for the context into which Kierkegaard wrote. This paper will explore Kierkegaard’s ‘attack’ on “Christendom” in context. It also engages the perspectives of Karl Barth and Dietrich Bonhoeffer, who show ecclesial implications for Kierkegaard’s ‘attack’ in both agreement and disagreement. In the end, several important functions are shown for Kierkegaard’s ecclesiological perspective.
Mako, Anthony, "The Ecclesiological Function of a Critic: Exploring the Ecclesiological Contributions of Søren Kierkegaard in His ‘Attack’ on “Christendom”" (2018). Seminary Masters Theses. 30.