'Catholic Theology after Kierkegaard'
In this talk, Dr Joshua Furnal will introduce the salient features of his forthcoming book Catholic Theology after Kierkegaard (Oxford University Press).
In this talk, Dr Joshua Furnal will introduce the salient features of his forthcoming book Catholic Theology after Kierkegaard (Oxford University Press). Dr Furnal argues that although he is not always recognized as such, Søren Kierkegaard has been an important ally for Catholic thinkers in the early twentieth century. Historically, some Catholic readers have been suspicious of Kierkegaard, viewing him as an irrational Protestant irreconcilably at odds with Catholic thought. Nevertheless, the favorable mention of Kierkegaard in John Paul II’sFides et Ratio is an indication that Kierkegaard’s writings are not so easily dismissed. Dr Furnal will survey the Catholic reception and dissemination of Kierkegaard’s writings across Europe to argue that there is significant engagement in the twentieth century, which coincides with the beginnings of theological renewal in Catholic theology leading up to the Second Vatican Council.