He seems to accept the view that truths known by reason are purely conceptual and do not tell us anything about reality but only about our concepts. Lewis Prize for best book in philosophy of religion since 2007. From United Kingdom to U. Stephen Evans: My work is wide-ranging, and I have written on issues in the philosophy of the person, in philosophical theology and philosophy of religion generally, as well as Kierkegaard. Charles Stephen Evans born 1948 is an American.
. Besides his work in philosophy of religion, Evans is known for his work on Søren Kierkegaard and on the relation between psychology and Christianity. Those would be natural signs and they are evidence, when evidence is construed non-propositionally, even if they do not furnish us with good propositional evidence. My central claim is that when we consider Kierkegaard's larger project in his authorship to encourage believers to practice a Christian existence characterized by tension, we begin to see the crucial shared role these works play for Kierkegaard's purposes. I just returned from a visit to some Protestant churches in Slovakia and was impressed with how deep and healthy their faith was, though they are a small and struggling minority. However, he also thinks this natural knowledge of God is not of much value. Evans' book brings Kierkegaard into conversation with western philosophers past and present, presenting him as one who gives powerful answers to the questions which philosophers ask.
Either we are faithful followers or rebels. For Kierkegaard, the study of psychology is intrinsically linked with the task of personal becoming, reflecting his own struggle to overcome the dark and cheerless environment of his early life. Few writer-philosophers of the past have evoked as much curiosity in the twentieth century than Soren Kierkegaard. He is University Professor of Philosophy and Humanities at. We continually transform the God we know in nature into the being we want him to be, and thus natural religion is subject to a kind of Feuerbachian critique. First Printing - may be Reissue. Kierkegaard has shown that even at the extreme pole of the immanent world-reality the truth of existence requires fides and that fundamental requirement points us toward the transcendent.
For Kierkegaard and I agree with him here the main problem lies not in the evidence but in the knower. To begin, I outline the theological and polemical background to Kierkegaard's account of Christian existence by focusing on one of the central existential dualities in his thought, namely that of grace and works. From United Kingdom to U. Too often apologetics diagnoses the problem as intellectual when it is not. How can one be contemporary with a figure who existed more than two millennia ago? This book is the clearest that I have read on the subject. On the other hand, I think he does value the experiences and emotions that God has given us that point to his reality. His book is organised around Kierkegaard's concept of the three 'stages' or 'spheres' of human existence, which provide both a developmental account of the human self and an understanding of three rival views of human life and its meaning.
Pages and cover are clean and intact. Evans provides the contextual information to dispel such mistakes, in this case by saying that the word contradiction is just an allusion to Hegel. Philosophy News Service: For people not familiar with your work, can you summarize any central themes in your writing particularly as they concern existentialist thought? In the interview that follows, I asked Dr. Furthermore, Evans is writing a very broad introduction, so his job is to summarize, rather than perform thorough, precise exegeses of specific passages. On this Kierkegaardian premise, C.
So Kierkegaard is in many ways a deeply western thinker. Nowachek Published online: 4 May 2010 Springer Science+Business Media B. Olaf College, where he served as Curator of the Howard and Edna Hong Kierkegaard Library as well as a member of the Philosophy Department; and at Calvin College, where, besides teaching philosophy, he served as Dean for Research and Scholarship and was the inaugural holder of the William Spoelhof Teacher-Scholar Chair. A prominent answer to this question is that contemporaneity with Christ is achieved through a kind of imaginative co-presence made possible by reading Scripture. Kierkegaard's portrait of faith as contradictory or absurd, accordingly, is misleading and harmful if taken at face value.
A post secular introduction to Kierkegaard in Which Evans rejects the post modernist readings. Stephen Evans Baylor University gives an overview of Kierkegaard's understanding of spirituality. Awarded for Natural Signs and the Knowledge of God: A New Look at Theistic Arguments. The philosophical sections are good, and as far as I can tell reads Kierkegaard rather accurately. Lowrie is a vintage study based on actual interviews with family members relative to the more sterile types of academic writing today. Translated and published in Portuguese by Editora Vida, 2003. God and Moral Obligation: Is a Link Possible? Virtually no wear to covers.
Evans' book brings Kierkegaard into conversation with western philosophers past and present, presenting him as one who gives powerful answers to the questions which philosophers ask. For Kierkegaard, the Biblical story is precisely the grand narrative that a person should use as a frame for his or her life. Atlanta , Georgia is an American historian and philosopher, he is one of the United States' leading experts on Søren Kierkegaard having published six books on Kierkegaard over 25 years. Although his discussion emphasises the importance of Christianity for understanding Kierkgaard, it shows him to be a writer of great interest to a secular as well as a religious audience. Kierkegaard does not assume that just because we apply concepts to our experience that we are unable to grasp reality as it is.
Evans: It is primarily a distinction between subject matters. See Collected Works of Eric Voegelin, Vol. It has not been integrated into our lives or shaped our emotions, and it makes little difference to the way we live. About this Item: Regent College Publishing, 1995. His instincts are entirely with traditional realism. All that being said, I think you can say that the following are issues that have been central to much of my work: How does a human being become a genuine or authentic self? To be sure the quest is a formidable challenge, but no one said life is easy, after all Plato, Aristotle, and Socrates had to contend with their own Sophists! We need to present Christianity as it is, without watering it down, and its power will be clear, though the response will not necessarily be conversion.
For Kierkegaard, the study of psychology is intrinsically linked with the task of personal becoming, reflecting his own struggle to overcome the dark and cheerless environment of his early life. Contemporary Meta-Ethical Alternatives: Humanistic Naturalism 12. Pages can include considerable notes-in pen or highlighter-but the notes cannot obscure the text. The study by Lowrie is more in depth having been written by the Anglican clergyman prior to Kierkegaard being translated into English. Instead of talking about Reason, we need to focus on the actual reasoning of historically situated, subjectively conditioned, finite human beings. Previous owners blind stamp on half title page All books are marked down 10% until May 1, 2019.