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Was Kierkegaard a papist?

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  1. "In spite of … a body of thought strongly marked with the heritage of the Reformation, Mr. Paul Petit observes that, in the last years of his short life, Kierkegaard seems to have increasingly followed a course which was clearly taking him towards positions not far removed from Catholicism. He is ready to admit, in the realm of critics like Brandes and Hoffding, that if Kierkegaard had been born later, he would have been a Catholic …. That, with slight shades of difference, is the contention of the Rev. Fr. Przywara also. In his book he proposes to show that in Kierkegaard an anonymous Catholicism is to be found; by his call for objective authority and by his views on the ordination of priests as an intermediate objective authority, Kierkegaard is asserted to have crossed the border-line of Lutheranism and pointed the way to `Holy Mother Church'". (From 1963. Meridian Books, p.59).

  2. Jonathan Webb says

    I believe. However, could someone tell me explicitly where can be found Kierkegaard's "call for objective authority and by his views on the ordination of priests as an intermediate objective authority"?

  3. Rufus McCain says

    Maybe in Kierkegaard's essay, "Of the Difference Between a Genius and an Apostle." Maybe in various scattered journal entries.

    The book that's being quoted in this passage is: The Drama of Atheist Humanism

  4. I'm sure it's a good read, but just how many times has this book been written?

  5. Jonathan Webb says

    Thanks Rufus.

  6. Jonathan Webb says

    Thanks Rufus.

  7. The Ironic Catholic says

    I actually had to write an essay on this on my PhD qualifying exam…

    He may have had hard words for Luther, but I can't quite see him as Catholic. Maybe if he were born later…maybe.

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