By Stephen Backhouse
'Christian nationalism' refers back to the set of principles within which trust within the improvement and superiority of one's nationwide team is mixed with, or underwritten by way of, Christian theology and perform. A critique of Christian nationalism is implicit in the course of the considered Soren Kierkegaard, an research inseparable from his wider target of reintroducing Christianity into Christendom.
Stephen Backhouse examines the nationalist theologies of Kierkegaard's contemporaries H.L. Martensen and N.F.S. Grundtvig, to teach how Kierkegaard's concept built in line with the writings of those very important cultural leaders of the day. Kierkegaard's reaction shaped the spine of his personal philosophical and theological undertaking, particularly his try to shape actual Christian members by utilizing 'the moment', 'the bounce' and 'contemporaneity'.
This research brings Kierkegaard's critique of Christian nationalism into dialog with present political technological know-how theories of spiritual nationalism and displays at the implications of Kierkegaard's radical method. whereas the critique is unsettling to politicians and church leaders alike, however there's a lot to commend it to the truth of recent spiritual and social existence. As a theological philosopher keenly conscious of the original difficulties posed by means of Christendom, Kierkegaard's critique is well timed for any Christian tradition that's tempted to confuse its religion with patriotism or nationwide affiliation.
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