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p. 1187. Conclusionlocked

  • Patrick Gardiner


Kierkegaard's thought offered challenge to various intellectual tendencies of his age, especially those that aimed to reduce the doctrinal aspects of Christianity to terms that made it visible to human reason. This wasn't his entire religious purpose. This Conclusion looks at the depth and importance of Kierkegaard's influence within the religious domain. His influence cannot be taken for granted; neither should it be exaggerated. A lot depends on how the ideas of Kierkegaard are taken. Such considerations raise issues with philosophical and theological ramifications. Kierkegaard's influence extended to other areas of thought: his vision of human existence, the literary originality and imagination with which he explored its various possibilities, and the struggle to achieve and preserve religious faith.

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