2013 Kierkegaard: A Christian Thinker for Our Time?
2013 Baylor Symposium on Faith and Culture
Thursday, October 31-Saturday, November 2
On May 5, 1813, Søren Kierkegaard was born to Christian parents in Copenhagen, Denmark, where the Evangelical Lutheran Church was supported by the state with the Danish monarch as its supreme authority. Forty-two years later, Kierkegaard died while in the midst of directing an extended philosophical and theological attack on the Church of Denmark and its official representatives, whom he believed were undermining, rather than fostering, the practice of authentic Christianity.
With great passion and vision Kierkegaard engaged the challenges of his age: he articulated in his work and displayed in his brief life the journey of "becoming a Christian" within the crucible of early nineteenth-century Danish Christendom. He was perhaps the most important Christian thinker of his time. But is he a Christian thinker for our time—do his ideas resonate in our 21st-century context? To commemorate the 200th anniversary of Kierkegaard's birth, the 2013 Baylor Symposium on Faith and Culture will host a wide-ranging exploration of this question.
"Kierkegaard: A Christian Thinker for Our Time?" invites reflection from a broad range of disciplinary perspectives about Kierkegaard's life and thought, including his intellectual antecedents and the later influence of his work in philosophy, theology, literature, history, psychology, and other fields. Instead of a forum for only Kierkegaard specialists, the symposium seeks to gather a broad and diverse audience interested in the value (and limitations) of Kierkegaard's thought for our contemporary age.