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God and Human Freedom

A Kierkegaardian Perspective


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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Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Kim, Tony. God and human freedom: a Kierkegaardian perspective / Tony Kim. pages cm. — (American University studies VII. Theology and religion; Vol. 354) Includes bibliographical references and index. 1. Kierkegaard, Søren, 1813–1855. 2. Liberty. 3. Philosophical theology. 4. Liberty—Religious aspects—Christianity. 5. God (Christianity). I. Title. B4378.L53K56 233’.7—dc23 2015008445 ISBN 978-1-4331-3064-9 (hardcover) ISBN 978-1-4539-1595-0 (e-book) ISSN 0740-0446

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