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Fortunate Fallibility: Kierkegaard and the Power of Sin

Mahn, Jason A.

Description

For more than 1,500 years, the claim that Adam’s Fall might be considered “fortunate” has been Christianity’s most controversial and difficult idea. While keepers of the Easter vigil in the fifth century (and later John Milton) praised sin only as a backhanded witness to the ineffability of redemption, modern speculative theodicy came to understand all evil as comprehensible, historically productive, and therefore fortunate, while the romantic poets credited transgression with bolstering individual creativity and spirit. Jason A. Mahn’s compelling study examines Kierkegaard’s “para/orthodoxical” language of human fallibility and Christian sin. Mahn breaks down and reconstructs the concept of the fortunate Fall in Western thought in the context of Kierkegaard’s later writings. Mahn’s insights into Kierkegaard’s playful maneuvers encourage Christian theologians to speak of sin more particularly and peculiarly than in the typical discourses of church and culture.

Additional Information

  • Hardback
  • 265 Pages
  • Published: June 2011
  • ISBN: 9780199790661
  • Series: Reflection & Theory in the Study of Religion

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