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Passion for Nothing Peter Kline.

Passion for Nothing

Peter Kline

Fortress Press

P.O. Box 1209, Minneapolis, MN 55440-1209

9781506432656, $79.00, HC, 224pp,

Synopsis: Soren Aabye Kierkegaard (5 May 1813-11 November 1855) was a Danish philosopher, theologian, poet, social critic and religious author who is widely considered to be the first existentialist philosopher.

"Passion for Nothing: Kierkegaard's Apophatic Theology" by Peter Kline (Academic Dean and Lecturer in Systematic Theology at St. Francis Theological College of Charles Sturt University in Australia) offers a reading of Kierkegaard as an apophatic author. As it functions in this book, "apophasis" is a flexible term inclusive of both "negative theology" and "deconstruction." One of the main points of this volume is that Kierkegaard's authorship opens pathways between these two resonate but often contentiously related terrains.

The main contention of Dean Kline in "Passion for Nothing" is that Kierkegaard's apophaticism is an ethical-religious difficulty, one that concerns itself with the "whylessness" of existence. This is a theme that Kierkegaard inherits from the philosophical and theological traditions stemming from Meister Eckhart. Additionally, the forms of Kierkegaard's writing are irreducibly apophatic-animated by a passion to communicate what cannot be said.

"Passion for Nothing" examines Kierkegaard's apophaticism with reference to five themes: indirect communication, God, faith, hope, and love. Across each of these themes, the aim is to lend voice to "the unruly energy of the unsayable" and, in doing so, let Kierkegaard's theological, spiritual, and philosophical provocation remain a living one for us today.

Critique: A superbly crafted, impressively informative, exceptionally thoughtful, admirably insight work of simply outstanding scholarship, "Passion for Nothing: Kierkegaard's Apophatic Theology" should be considered an essential, core addition to seminary and academic library Theological & Philosophy collections in general, and Kierkegaard supplemental studies reading lists in particular. It should be noted for students and non-specialist general readers with an interest in the subject that "Passion for Nothing: Kierkegaard's Apophatic Theology" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $62.39).

Carl Logan


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