Author(s): Mark A. Tietjen
Sren Kierkegaard (1813-1855) had a mission. The church had become weak, flabby and inconsequential. Being a Christian was more a cultural heritage than a spiritual reality. His missionreintroduce the Christian faith to Christians.
How could he break through to people who were members of the church and thought they were Christians already? Like an Old Testament prophet, Kiergegaard used a variety of pointed and dramatic ways to shake people from their slumber. He incisively diagnosed the spiritual ailments of his age and offered a fresh take on classic Christian teaching.
Mark Tietjen thinks that Kierkegaard’s critique of his contemporaries strikes close to home today. We also need to listen to one of the most insightful yet complex Christian thinkers of any era. Through an examination of core Christian doctrinesthe person of Jesus Christ, human nature, Christian witness and loveTietjen helps us hear Kierkegaard’s missionary message to a church that often fails to follow Christ with purity of heart.