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God and Human Freedom

A Kierkegaardian Perspective

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Tony Kim

In God and Human Freedom: A Kierkegaardian Perspective Tony Kim discusses Søren Kierkegaard’s concept of historical unity between the divine and human without disparaging their absolute distinction. Kim’s central analysis between the relation of God and human freedom in Kierkegaard presents God’s absoluteness as superseding human freedom, intervening at every point of His relation with the world and informing humanity of their existentially passive being. Kim argues Kierkegaard is not a strict voluntarist but deeply acknowledges God’s absoluteness and initiative over and against human life. Moreover, the author’s exploration of unity in Kierkegaard points to the very ethics of who God is, one who loves the world. Ultimately, God manifests that love in Jesus Christ, representing God’s ultimate reconciliation with the world in his humility.
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Chapter 2. Modern Concepts of Freedom

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MODERN CONCEPTS OF FREEDOM

Kant’s Critique of Reason as a Prologemena to Future Study of Human Freedom

The problem of God and freedom has always been in the fore of the history of philosophy, especially in the modern period. Anthropologically, the problem touches on the main crust of what it means to be human. For Kierkegaard, the meaning of life derives from our relation to the divine. And the moral objectivity of our experience is true in our relation to the transcendent. And our freedom is rooted in that context of our relation with and to the eternal.

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